The measurement of share price volatility in the Athens stock exchange

Μιχάλης - Χριστόφορος Γκλεζάκος, Άννα Μερίκα, Πένυ Γεώργα


Within the framework of an efficient stock market, every piece of new information adjusts
investors’ expectations for the long-term prospects of the listed securities. As a result, prices are
fluctuating accordingly, until they reach new equilibrium points. However, sometimes share price
volatility is severe, due to certain factors which strongly affect the price formation mechanism.
Measuring price volatility and identifying the factors primarily responsible for it, is the subject of
the present study, which utilizes data from the Athens Stock Exchange for the period 1986-2006.
Applying standard methodologies, it is depicted that volatility is substantially affected by the
political party in power (which in turn determines political risk) and institutional changes. Also,
contrary to common belief, bear or bull market conditions are only marginally responsible for the
increase of price volatility.


Stock exchange; Capital market; Prices; Athens Stock Exchange; Greece

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