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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Hur, Jungshik
Author's Email Address jhur@vt.edu
URN etd-04302007-115831
Title Two Essays on Asset Pricing
Degree PhD
Department Finance
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Kumar, Raman Committee Chair
Chance, Donald M. Committee Member
Cliff, Michael T. Committee Member
Gulen, Huseyin Committee Member
Keown, Arthur J. Committee Member
Keywords
  • CAPM
  • Cross-Sectional Test
  • Bias of the Estimated Market Risk Premium
  • Purged beta
  • Measurement Error
  • Asymmetry
  • Size Premium
Date of Defense 2007-04-12
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
This dissertation consists of two chapters. The first chapter shows that the measurement errors in betas for stocks induce corresponding measurement errors in alphas and a spurious negative covariance between the estimated betas and alphas across stocks. This negative covariance between the estimated betas and alphas results in a violation of the independence assumption between the independent variable (betas) and error terms in the Fama-MacBeth regressions of tests of the CAPM, thereby creating a downward bias in the estimated market risk premiums. The procedure of using portfolio returns and betas does not necessarily eliminate this bias. Depending upon the grouping variable used to form portfolios, the negative covariance between estimated betas and alphas can be increased, decreased, and can even be made positive. This paper proposes two methods for correcting the downward bias in the estimated market risk premium. The estimated market risk premiums are consistent with the CAPM after the proposed corrections.

The second chapter provides evidence that when the ex-post market risk premium is positive (up markets), the relation between returns and betas is positive, significant, and consistent with the CAPM. However, when the ex-post market risk premium is negative (down markets), the negative relation between betas and returns is significant, but stronger than what is implied by the CAPM. This strong negative relation offsets the positive relation, resulting in an insignificant relation between returns and betas for the overall period. The negative relation between size and returns, after controlling for beta differences, is present only when the ex-post market risk premium is negative, and is responsible for the negative relation for the overall period. This paper decomposes the negative relation between size and returns after controlling for beta differences into the intercept size effect (relation between alphas of stocks and their size) and the residual size effect (relation between residuals of stocks and their size). The asymmetrical size effect between up and down market is being driven by the residual size effect. Long term mean reversion in returns explains, in part, the negative relation between size and returns during down markets.

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