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The drivers of downside equity tail risk

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  • Moore, Kyle
  • Sun, Pengei
  • de Vries, Casper G.
  • Zhou, Chen

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We analyze the cross-sectional differences in the tail risk of equity returns and identify the drivers of tail risk. We provide two statistical procedures to test the hypothesis of cross-sectional downside tail shape homogeneity. An empirical study of 230 US non-financial firms shows that between 2008 and 2011 the cross-sectional tail shape is homogeneous across equity returns. The heterogeneity in tail risk over this period can be entirely attributed to differences in scale. The differences in scales are driven by the following firm characteristics: market beta, size, book-to-market ratio, leverage and bid-ask spread.

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  • Moore, Kyle & Sun, Pengei & de Vries, Casper G. & Zhou, Chen, 2013. "The drivers of downside equity tail risk," MPRA Paper 45591, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    1. Dolf Diemont & Kyle Moore & Aloy Soppe, 2016. "The Downside of Being Responsible: Corporate Social Responsibility and Tail Risk," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 137(2), pages 213-229, August.

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    Keywords

    Extreme Value Theory; Hypothesis Testing; Tail Index; Tail Risk;

    JEL classification:

    • C12 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Hypothesis Testing: General
    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates

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