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Common pricing across asset classes: Empirical evidence revisited

Nikolay Gospodinov and Cesare Robotti

Journal of Financial Economics, 2021, vol. 140, issue 1, 292-324

Abstract: Intermediary and downside risk asset pricing theories lay the foundations for spanning the multi-asset return space by a small number of risk factors. Recent studies show strong empirical support for such factors across major asset classes. We revisit these results and show that robust evidence for common factor pricing remains elusive. Importantly, the proposed risk factors do not seem to provide incremental information to the traditional market factor. We argue that most of the economic and statistical challenges are not specific to these analyses and, with the aid of a placebo test, offer general recommendations for improving empirical practice, thus adding to the prescriptions in Lewellen et al. (2010).

Keywords: Intermediary asset pricing; Capital risk factor; Downside risk factor; Sharpe ratio; Efficient frontier; Model misspecification and identification; Small-sample inference (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C12 C13 G12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1016/j.jfineco.2020.12.001

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