Alternative beta risk estimators in cases of extreme thin trading: Canadian evidence

Robert D. Brooks, Robert W. Faff*, Tim R.L. Fry, E. Bissoondoyal-Bheenick

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In this paper, an alternative method of estimating the systematic risk for Canadian stocks is presented and empirically investigated. The method proposed is applied to a set of data impacted by censoring - the presence of zero returns, which occurs in extreme cases of thin trading. The approach used is the sample selectivity model, which is a two-step procedure: with a selectivity component and a regression component. In addition, this study compares the new beta estimate to the standard OLS beta and the Dimson Beta. The results indicate that the selectivity-corrected beta does correct the downward bias of the OLS estimates and possesses desirable statistical properties.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1251-1258
Number of pages8
JournalApplied Financial Economics
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2005
Externally publishedYes


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