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Regression analysis of proportions in finance with self selection

  • Cook, Douglas O.
  • Kieschnick, Robert
  • McCullough, B.D.

Numerous papers in finance study the conditional mean of some proportion or fraction with a mass point at zero. We argue that most, if not all, of these studies use mis-specified statistical models, especially when firms or individuals choose to not do something for different reasons. To address these issues, we develop a new statistical model, the zero-inflated beta model, and apply it to the analysis of corporate capital structure decisions to demonstrate its applicability.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Empirical Finance.

Volume (Year): 15 (2008)
Issue (Month): 5 (December)
Pages: 860-867

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Handle: RePEc:eee:empfin:v:15:y:2008:i:5:p:860-867
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