The Case for Herding is Stronger than You Think
22 Pages Posted: 21 Jan 2015 Last revised: 18 Feb 2015
Date Written: February 5, 2015
In this paper, we challenge the often implemented herding measure by Chang, Cheng and Khorana (2000). They regress the cross-sectional absolute deviation of returns on the absolute and squared excess market return. A coefficient on the squared excess market return significantly smaller than zero is interpreted as evidence for herding. However, we show that the true coefficient is positive under the null hypothesis of no herding. Hence, their test is biased against finding evidence in favour of herding. An empirical examination for the S&P 500 confirms the misleading implications of Chang, Cheng and Khorana's measure, while our modified test provides clear-cut evidence for herding behaviour.
Keywords: Measuring Herding Behaviour, Cross-Sectional Deviation of Stock Returns, US Stock Market
JEL Classification: G12
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