Estimating Beta

78 Pages Posted: 15 Dec 2014 Last revised: 5 Jan 2017

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Fabian Hollstein

Saarland University

Marcel Prokopczuk

Leibniz Universit├Ąt Hannover - Faculty of Economics and Management; University of Reading - ICMA Centre

Date Written: December 1, 2014


We conduct a comprehensive comparison of market beta estimation techniques. We study the performance of several historical, time-series model, and option implied estimators for estimating realized market beta. Thereby, we find the hybrid methodology of Buss and Vilkov (2012) to consistently outperform all other approaches. In addition, all other approaches, including fully implied and GARCH-based methods for dynamic conditional beta, are dominated by a simple beta estimate based on historical (co-)variances and a Kalman filter based approach. Our conclusions remain unchanged after performing several robustness checks.

Keywords: Beta estimation, Implied beta

JEL Classification: G11, G12, G14, G17

Suggested Citation

Hollstein, Fabian and Prokopczuk, Marcel and Prokopczuk, Marcel, Estimating Beta (December 1, 2014). Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis (JFQA), Volume 51, Issue 4 (2016), Available at SSRN:

Fabian Hollstein (Contact Author)

Saarland University ( email )

Saarbrucken, Saarland D-66123

Marcel Prokopczuk

University of Reading - ICMA Centre ( email )

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P.O. Box 242
Reading RG6 6BA
United Kingdom

Leibniz Universit├Ąt Hannover - Faculty of Economics and Management ( email )

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Hannover, 30167

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