I have noted two slightly different definitions of idiosyncratic stock return volatility in:

  • Campbell, J. Y. and Taksler, G. B. (2003), Equity Volatility and Corporate Bond Yields. The Journal of Finance, 58: 2321–2350. doi:10.1046/j.1540-6261.2003.00607.x
  • Rajgopal, S. and Venkatachalam, M. (2011), Financial reporting quality and idiosyncratic return volatility. Journal of Accounting and Economics, 51: 1–20. doi.org/10.1016/j.jacceco.2010.06.001.

The code in this post is used to calculate Campbell and Taksler’s (2003) idiosyncratic stock return volatility, but it can be easily modified for other definitions.

Specifically, this code requires an input dataset that includes two variables: permno and enddt, where enddt is the date of interest. This code will calculate the standard deviation of daily abnormal returns over the 180 calendar days before (and including) enddt. Abnormal returns will be calculated using four methods: (1) market-adjusted; (2) standard market model; (3) Fama-French three factors; and (4) Fama-French three factors as well as momentum. This code requires at least 21 return observations (one-month trading days) over that 180-day period for a permno to calculate its stock return volatility.


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