International Asset Pricing with Strategic Business Groups

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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages57
Journal / PublicationJournal of Financial Economics
Online published8 Sep 2021
Publication statusOnline published - 8 Sep 2021


Firms in global markets often belong to business groups. We argue that this feature can have a profound influence on international asset pricing. In bad times, business groups may strategically reallocate risk across affiliated firms to protect core “central firms.” This strategic behavior induces co-movement among central firms, creating a new intertemporal risk factor. Based on a novel dataset of worldwide ownership for 2002-2012, we find that central firms are better protected in bad times and that they earn relatively lower expected returns. Moreover, a centrality factor augments traditional models in explaining the cross-section of international stock returns.

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  • International asset pricing, Business groups, Centrality, Co-movement

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