Higher moments and beta asymmetry: Evidence from Australia

Minh Phuong Doan, Chien Ting Lin, Michael Chng

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We examine whether systematic higher moments capture beta asymmetry in an asset pricing model whereby the conditional beta of a risky asset increases (decreases) during a bear (bull) market state. We first provide a simple conceptual outline from the microeconomic literature to show that beta asymmetry is driven by time-varying higher-order risk preferences (prudence and temperance) across different market states. We then empirically relate these higher-order risk preferences to systematic skewness and systematic kurtosis. We find that beta asymmetry in Australian stock returns cannot be explained by Carhart (1997) 4-factor model but is subsumed by systematic higher moments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)779-807
Number of pages29
JournalAccounting and Finance
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Asset pricing
  • Australian stock returns
  • Beta risk
  • Kurtosis
  • Skewness


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