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Rules and Regression Discontinuities in Asset Markets

Yen-Cheng Chang

National Taiwan University - College of Management

Harrison G. Hong

Princeton University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

August 27, 2012

We show that institutional portfolio rules induce regression discontinuity experiments in stock markets using the Russell indices. Stocks are ranked each May 31st based on their market capitalization. Those ranked above the 1000 cut-off are in the Russell 1000. Those below the 1000 cut-off and above the 3000 cut-off are in the Russell 2000. Indices are value-weighted. Small stocks just below the 1000 cut-off are heavily weighted in Russell 2000 and receive more forced buying than large ones just above the cut-off that have little weight in Russell 1000. Just-included stocks have discontinuously higher returns in June compared to just-excluded ones, followed by return reversal in July. Just-included stocks discontinuously co-vary more with the market subsequent to index inclusion. There is also a discontinuity around the 3000 cut-off.

NOTE: This is an old draft. The new draft "Regression Discontinuity and the Price Effects of Stock Market Indexing" can be found at: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2288184

Number of Pages in PDF File: 46

Keywords: portfolio rules, regression discontinuity, index inclusion

JEL Classification: G11, G12, G14, G2

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Date posted: August 29, 2011 ; Last revised: August 13, 2013

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Chang, Yen-Cheng and Hong, Harrison G., Rules and Regression Discontinuities in Asset Markets (August 27, 2012). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1918594 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1918594

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Yen-Cheng Chang
National Taiwan University - College of Management ( email )
Department and Graduate Institute of Finance
College of Management
Taipei 106
Harrison G. Hong (Contact Author)
Princeton University - Department of Economics ( email )
Princeton, NJ 08544-1021
United States

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
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Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
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