The dual effect of idiosyncratic volatility on stock pricing and return

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Abstract

Abstract
Purpose – This study aims to examine what underlies the estimated relation between idiosyncratic volatility
and realized return.
Design/methodology/approach – Idiosyncratic volatility has a dual effect on stock pricing: it not only
affects investors’ expected return but also affects the efficiency of stock price in reflecting its value. Therefore,
the estimated relation between idiosyncratic volatility and realized return captures its relations with both
expected return and the mispricing-related component due to its dual effect on stock pricing. The sign of its
relation with the mispricing-related component is indeterminate.
Findings – The estimated relation between idiosyncratic volatility and realized return decreases and switches
from positive to negative as the estimation sample consists of proportionately more ex ante overvalued
observations; it increases and switches from negative to positive as the estimation sample consists of
proportionately more ex post overvalued observations. In sum, the relation of idiosyncratic volatility with the
mispricing-related component dominates its relation with expected return in its estimated relation with realized
return. Moreover, its estimated relation with realized return varies with research design choices and even
switches sign due to their effects on its relation with the mispricing-related component.
Originality/value – The novelty of the study is evident in the implication of its findings that one cannot infer
the sign of the relation of idiosyncratic volatility with expected return from its estimated relation with realized
return.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)226-259
JournalChina accounting and finance review (中國會計與財務硏究)
Volume24
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 2022

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