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On the estimation of asset pricing models using univariate betas

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  • Kan, Raymond
  • Robotti, Cesare

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We derive asymptotic standard errors of risk premia estimates based on the popular two-pass cross-sectional regression methodology developed by Black, Jensen, and Scholes (1972) and Fama and MacBeth (1973) when univariate betas are used as regressors. Our standard errors are robust to model misspecification and allow for general distributional assumptions. In testing whether the beta risk of a given factor is priced, our misspecification robust standard error can lead to economically different conclusions from those based on the Jagannathan and Wang (1998) standard error which is derived under the correctly specified model.

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  • Kan, Raymond & Robotti, Cesare, 2011. "On the estimation of asset pricing models using univariate betas," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 110(2), pages 117-121, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:110:y:2011:i:2:p:117-121
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    1. J. Davies & Jonathan Fletcher & Andrew Marshall, 2015. "Testing index-based models in U.K. stock returns," Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, Springer, vol. 45(2), pages 337-362, August.
    2. Esther Eiling, 2013. "Industry-Specific Human Capital, Idiosyncratic Risk, and the Cross-Section of Expected Stock Returns," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 68(1), pages 43-84, February.

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