Hedge Fund Return Specification with Errors-in-Variables

A. Coën, A. Desfleurs, G.M.B.J. Hübner

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In linear models for hedge fund returns, errors-in-variables may significantly alter the measurement of factor loadings and the estimation of abnormal performance. The higher moment estimator (hme) introduced by dagenais and dagenais (1997) effectively deals with these issues. Results on individual funds show that the hme specification does not uncover systematic performance biases, but can modify estimated alphas in most cases and identifies relative persistence for directional funds in bearish market conditions. Overall, the risk premia calculated with hme remain relatively stable when compared to ordinary least squares specifications.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-52
Number of pages31
JournalJournal of Derivatives and Hedge Funds
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010

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