Beta Instability and Stochastic Market Weights

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David H. Goldenberg (1985)
  • Journal: Management Science, volume 31, issue 4 April, pages 415-421
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.1287/mnsc.31.4.415
  • Subject: finance, beta nonstationarity modelling

An argument is given for individual firm beta instability based upon the stochastic character of the market weights defining the market portfolio and the constancy of its beta. This argument is generalized to market weighted portfolios and the form of the stochastic process generating betas is linked to that of the market return process. The implications of this analysis for adequacy of models of beta nonstationarity and estimation of betas are considered in light of the available empirical evidence.
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