On Cross-Sectional Distributions of Market Betas in Multifactor Models

47 Pages Posted: 29 Mar 2017 Last revised: 23 Mar 2020

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Seung C. Ahn

Arizona State University (ASU) - Economics Department

Alex R. Horenstein

University of Miami - School of Business Administration - Department of Economics

Date Written: March 20, 2020

Abstract

This paper provides a new explanation for the failure of the empirical market factor to explain the cross-sectional dispersion of expected stock returns. Specifically, we find the conditions under which all market betas become unitary when the CAPM is augmented with the common factors in the space of excess returns. Based on this finding we propose a simple method that can identify the relevant statistical factors for asset pricing and develop a benchmark model with five statistical factors. Using the model, we examine if the five-factor model of Fama and French (2015) captures all of the factors that are relevant for asset pricing.

Keywords: Excess returns, market portfolio, well-diversified portfolio, principal components

JEL Classification: C58, G11, G12

Suggested Citation

Ahn, Seung C. and Horenstein, Alex R., On Cross-Sectional Distributions of Market Betas in Multifactor Models (March 20, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2942537 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2942537

Seung C. Ahn

Arizona State University (ASU) - Economics Department ( email )

Tempe, AZ 85287-3806
United States

Alex R. Horenstein (Contact Author)

University of Miami - School of Business Administration - Department of Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 248126
Coral Gables, FL 33124-6550
United States

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