Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Katscher A., Mac Cawley A. and Reyes T. (2019)

Properly Estimating Risk in Emerging Markets: A Comparison of Beta Adjustment Techniques

Revista : Emerging Markets Finance and Trade
Tipo de publicación : ISI Ir a publicación


When assets do not trade as frequently as the market index, the standard OLS beta exhibits thin trading bias. Several beta adjustment techniques exist to correct for this bias; however, no consensus exists as to which adjustment is best. This article compares the behavior of the most widely used beta adjustments proposed in the literature across emerging markets. Using a linear programming model, we form portfolios with equal risk characteristics, but different levels of censoring. Since beta is a measure 10 of systematic risk, if most risk characteristics are kept constant across portfolios, the resulting betas should be approximately the same. Our results show that the best adjustments overall are the Scholes–Williams, trade-to-trade, and sample selectivity adjustments.