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Correlation vs. Causality in Stock Market Comovement

Enzo Weber

SFB 649 Discussion Papers from Humboldt University, Collaborative Research Center 649

Abstract: This paper seeks to disentangle the sources of correlations between high-, mid- and lowcap stock indexes from the German prime standard. In principle, such comovement can arise from direct spillover between the variables or due to common factors. By standard means, these different components are obviously not identifiable. As a solution, the underlying study proposes specifying ARCH-type models for both the idiosyncratic innovations and a common factor, so that the model structure can be identified through heteroscedasticity. The seemingly surprising result that smaller caps have higher influence than larger ones is explained by asymmetric information processing in financial markets. Broad macroeconomic information is shown to enter the common factor rather than the segment-specific shocks.

Keywords: Identification; Spillover; Common Factor; Structural EGARCH; DAX (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C32 G10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 24 pages
Date: 2007-12
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