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Why are U.S. Stocks More Volatile?


Söhnke M. Bartram


Warwick Business School - Department of Finance

Gregory W. Brown


University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - Finance Area

Rene M. Stulz


Ohio State University (OSU) - Department of Finance; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

July 5, 2011

Journal of Finance, Vol. 67, No. 4, 2012, pp. 1329-1370

Abstract:     
U.S. stocks are more volatile than stocks of similar foreign firms. A firm’s stock return volatility can be higher for reasons that contribute positively (good volatility) or negatively (bad volatility) to shareholder wealth and economic growth. We find that the volatility of U.S. firms is higher mostly because of good volatility. Specifically, firm stock volatility is higher in the U.S. because it increases with investor protection, stock market development, new patents, and firm-level investment in R&D. These are all factors that are related to better growth opportunities for firms and better ability to take advantage of these opportunities.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 50

Keywords: Firm risk, volatility, idiosyncratic risk, R-squared

JEL Classification: G12, G15

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Date posted: May 2, 2013  

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Bartram, Söhnke M. and Brown, Gregory W. and Stulz, Rene M., Why are U.S. Stocks More Volatile? (July 5, 2011). Journal of Finance, Vol. 67, No. 4, 2012, pp. 1329-1370. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2257549

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Söhnke M. Bartram
Warwick Business School - Department of Finance ( email )
Coventry, CV4 7AL
United Kingdom
+44 (24) 7657 4168 (Phone)
+1 425 952 1070 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://go.warwick.ac.uk/sbartram/
Gregory W. Brown
University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - Finance Area ( email )
Kenan-Flagler Business School
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3490
United States

Rene M. Stulz (Contact Author)
Ohio State University (OSU) - Department of Finance ( email )
2100 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210-1144
United States
HOME PAGE: http://www.cob.ohio-state.edu/fin/faculty/stulz

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
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European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)
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Belgium
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