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A Full-information Approach for Estimating Divisional Betas


  • Michael C. Ehrhardt
  • Yatin N. Bhagwat


A new approach for estimating divisional betas is developed in this study. The approach is based on a sound theoretical foundation; utilizes all available information, yet still has parsimonious data requirements; can be implemented with simple statistical tools; and provides unambiguously interpretable results. The proposed methodology is applied to a large sample of stocks. The results indicate that the proposed methodology can more accurately estimate divisional betas than other approaches previously advocated in the finance literature.

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  • Michael C. Ehrhardt & Yatin N. Bhagwat, 1991. "A Full-information Approach for Estimating Divisional Betas," Financial Management, Financial Management Association, vol. 20(2), Summer.
  • Handle: RePEc:fma:fmanag:ehrhardt91

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