Handbook of the Economics of Finance

Handbook of the Economics of Finance, 1st Edition

Asset Pricing

Handbook of the Economics of Finance, 1st Edition,George M. Constantinides,Milton Harris,Rene M. Stulz,ISBN9780444594068

Constantinides   &   Harris   &   Stulz   

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  • Offers analyses by top scholars of recent asset pricing scholarship
  • Explains how the 2008 financial crises affected theoretical and empirical research
  • Covers core and newly developing fields


The 12 articles in this second of two parts condense recent advances on investment vehicles, performance measurement and evaluation, and risk management into a coherent springboard for future research.  Written by world leaders in asset pricing research, they present scholarship about the 2008 financial crisis in contexts that highlight both continuity and divergence in research.  For those who seek authoritative perspectives and important details, this volume shows how the boundaries of asset pricing have expanded and at the same time have grown sharper and more inclusive.  


Graduate students and professors worldwide working in all subdisciplines of economics and finance

George M. Constantinides

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA

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Milton Harris

Milt Harris is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and of the American Finance Association. He is past president of the Western Finance Association and the Society for Financial Studies.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA

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Rene M. Stulz

Affiliations and Expertise

The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA

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Handbook of the Economics of Finance, 1st Edition

Introduction to the Series


VOLUME 2B Financial Markets and Asset Pricing

Chapter 12. Advances in Consumption-Based Asset Pricing: Empirical Tests

1 Introduction

2 Consumption-Based Models: Notation and Background

3 GMM and Consumption-Based Models

4 Euler Equation Errors and Consumption-Based Models

5 Scaled Consumption-Based Models

6 Asset Pricing with Recursive Preferences

7 Stochastic Consumption Volatility

8 Asset Pricing with Habits

9 Asset Pricing with Heterogeneous Consumers and Limited Stock Market Participation

10 Conclusion


Chapter 13. Bond Pricing and the Macroeconomy

1 Introduction

2 A Factor Model

3 No-Arbitrage Restrictions

4 The Variation of Yields with the Macroeconomy: US Evidence

5 Modeling Risk Premia

6 New Keynesian Models

7 Concluding Comments


Chapter 14. Investment Performance: A Review and Synthesis

1 Introduction

2 The Stochastic Discount Factor (SDF) Framework

3 Performance Measures

4 Implementation Issues and Empirical Examples

5 Fund Managers’ Incentives and Investor Behavior

6 Conclusions


Chapter 15. Mutual Funds

1 Introduction

2 Issues with Open-End Funds

3 Closed-End Funds

4 Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs)

5 Conclusion


Chapter 16. Hedge Funds

1 The Hedge Fund Business Model—A Historical Perspective

2 Empirical Evidence of Hedge Fund Performance

3 The Risk in Hedge Fund Strategies

4 Where Do Investors Go From Here?

4.2 Risk Management and a Tale of Two Risks


Chapter 17. Financial Risk Measurement for Financial Risk Management

1 Introduction

2 Conditional Portfolio-Level Risk Analysis

3 Conditional Asset-Level Risk Analysis

4 Conditioning on Macroeconomic Fundamentals

5 Concluding Remarks


Chapter 18. Bubbles, Financial Crises, and Systemic Risk

1 Introduction

2 A Brief Historical Overview of Bubbles and Crises

3 Bubbles

4 Crises

5 Measuring Systemic Risk

6 Conclusion


Chapter 19. Market Liquidity—Theory and Empirical Evidence

1 Introduction

2 Theory

3 Empirical Evidence

4 Conclusion


Chapter 20. Credit Derivatives

1 Introduction

2 Risk-Neutral Default Probability Estimates

3 Physical Default Probability Estimates

4 Credit Default Swaps

5 Collateralized Debt Obligations

6 Credit Derivatives and the Crisis

7 Conclusions


Chapter 21. Household Finance: An Emerging Field

1 The Rise of Household Finance

2 Facts About Household Assets and Liabilities

3 Household Risk Preferences and Beliefs: What Do We Know?

4 Household Portfolio Decisions, from Normative Models to Observed Behavior

5 Household Borrowing Decisions

6 Conclusion


Chapter 22. The Behavior of Individual Investors

1 The Performance of Individual Investors

2 Why do Individual Investors Underperform?

3 The Disposition Effect: Selling Winners and Holding Losers

4 Reinforcement Learning

5 Attention: Chasing the Action

6 Failure to Diversify

7 Are Individual Investors Contrarians?

8 Conclusion


Chapter 23. Risk Pricing over Alternative Investment Horizons

1 Introduction

2 Stochastic Discount Factor Dynamics

3 Cash-Flow Pricing

4 Market Restrictions

5 Conclusions



Quotes and reviews

"A scholarly compendium of contemporary research in Financial Economics which will be of great value not only for researchers in finance but also for researchers in many other of economics including money and banking, growth and development, international economics, public finance, and macro economics."

Edward C. Prescott, Nobel Laureate, Arizona State University

"This Handbook provides a timely and comprehensive account of the state-of-the-art of Financial Economics, including corporate finance and asset pricing, written by many of the leading names in their respective fields."

Harry M.Markowitz, Nobel Laureate, University of California, San Diego

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