Idiosyncratic Volatility, Growth Options, and the Cross-Section of Returns

59 Pages Posted: 10 Nov 2007 Last revised: 20 Jul 2021

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Alexander Barinov

University of California Riverside

Georgy Chabakauri

London School of Economics and Political Science

Date Written: February 23, 2021

Abstract

The paper shows that the value effect and the idiosyncratic volatility (IVol) discount (Ang et al., 2006) arise because growth firms and high IVol firms beat the CAPM during the periods of increasing aggregate volatility, which makes their risk low. All else equal, growth options' value increases with volatility, and this effect is stronger for high IVol firms, for which growth options take a larger fraction of the firm value and firm volatility responds more to aggregate volatility changes. The empirical volatility factor model with the market factor, the market volatility risk factor (FVIX) and the average IVol factor (FIVol) explains the value effect and the IVol discount and why those anomalies are stronger for firms with high short sale constraints.

Keywords: idiosyncratic volatility discount, growth options, aggregate volatility risk, value premium, anomalies, real options

JEL Classification: G12, G13, E44

Suggested Citation

Barinov, Alexander and Chabakauri, Georgy, Idiosyncratic Volatility, Growth Options, and the Cross-Section of Returns (February 23, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1028869 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1028869

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