Crash Risk in Individual Stocks

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Paola Pederzoli

University of Houston - C.T. Bauer College of Business

Date Written: November 20, 2017


In this study, I develop a novel methodology to extract crash risk premia from options and stock markets. I document a dramatic increase in crash risk premia after the 2008/2009 nancial crisis, indicating that investors are willing to pay high insurance to hedge against crashes in individual stocks. My results apply to all sectors but are most pronounced for the financial and industrial sectors. At the same time, crash risk premia on the market index remained at pre-crisis levels. I theoretically explain this puzzling feature in an economy where investors face short-sale constraints. Under short-sale constraints, prices are less informationally efficient which can explain the increase in downside risk in individual stocks. In the data, I document a strong link between proxies of short-sale constraints and crash risk premia.

Keywords: risk premium, skewness, risk neutral skewness, realised skewness, financial crisis, equity market, empirical asset pricing, trading strategy

JEL Classification: G11, G12, G13

Suggested Citation

Pederzoli, Paola, Crash Risk in Individual Stocks (November 20, 2017). Available at SSRN: or

Paola Pederzoli (Contact Author)

University of Houston - C.T. Bauer College of Business ( email )

Houston, TX 77204-6021
United States

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