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The leverage effect without leverage

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  • Hens, Thorsten
  • Steude, Sven C.
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    We use experimental stock markets to add more evidence that Black's [1976. Proceedings of the 1976 Meeting of the Business and Economic Statistics Section. American Statistical Association, pp. 177-181] leverage effect in financial markets does not necessarily stem from the financial leverage of the firm. We surprisingly find a large number of markets in which the leverage effect is observed although the underlying asset does not exhibit any financial leverage at all.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Finance Research Letters.

    Volume (Year): 6 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 2 (June)
    Pages: 83-94

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:finlet:v:6:y:2009:i:2:p:83-94

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    Keywords: Financial leverage Leverage effect Down-market effect Experimental stock markets Double auction markets;

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    1. Haas, Markus & Krause, Jochen & Paolella, Marc S. & Steude, Sven C., 2013. "Time-varying mixture GARCH models and asymmetric volatility," The North American Journal of Economics and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 26(C), pages 602-623.
    2. Giovanni Giusti & Janet Hua Jiang & Yiping Xu, 2014. "Interest on Cash, Fundamental Value Process and Bubble Formation on Experimental Asset Markets," Working Papers 14-18, Bank of Canada.

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