Truth and Beauty: Finance in Econophysical Translation
17 Aestimatio 130-147 (2018)
18 Pages Posted: 10 Nov 2017 Last revised: 25 Aug 2018
Date Written: November 8, 2017
My recent book, Econophysics and Capital Asset Pricing: Splitting the Atom of Systematic Risk, splits beta, the capital asset pricing model’s basic unit of systematic risk, into subatomic (or “baryonic”) components, by analogy to the Standard Model of particle physics. This essay offers preliminary thoughts on the application of physics to other dimensions of finance. A more comprehensive approach would integrate Econophysics and Capital Asset Pricing’s spatial representation of comovement between individual firms, capital markets, and the real economy, with the informational and temporal dimensions of finance. This essay also places efforts at representing finance through physics in their broader scientific and aesthetic context.
Keywords: econophysics, capital asset pricing, CAPM, physics, efficient market hypothesis, comovement, procyclicality
JEL Classification: A12, B26, G12
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