On Distributions for Stock Returns: A Survey of Empirical Investigations

  • József Varga
Part of the Applied Optimization book series (APOP, volume 19)


In this paper we give a brief survey of the empirical investigations of the distributions for stock returns and some detailed discussion of German and Hungarian stock returns using refined methods. As a conclusion the stable law hypothesis for the stock returns is rejected and procedures requiring much weaker distributional assumptions are suggested instead of the more traditional techniques.


Pareto-distribution Extremal value theory Tail index 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • József Varga
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  1. 1.Faculty of Business & EconomicsJanus Pannonius UniversityPécsHungary

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