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Research

  • My research centers around three questions:
    • How do we make investment decisions?
    • How should we make investment decisions?
    • How do our investment decisions impact capital markets and the economy?
  • My books, published papers, and working papers studying these questions are listed below.

Books

  1. Sercu, P. and R. Uppal, 2000, “Exchange Rate Volatility, Trade and Capital Flows under Alternative Exchange Rate Regimes,” Cambridge University Press. Received the 1995 Sanwa Monograph Award.
  2. Sercu, P. and R. Uppal, 1995, “International Financial Markets and the Firm,” South-Western Publishing, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Journal publications

  1. DeMiguel, V., A. Martın-Utrera, F. J. Nogales, and R. Uppal, 2019, “A Transaction-Cost Perspective on the Multitude of Firm Characteristics.” Accepted for publication in The Review of Financial Studies.
  2. Bhamra, H. and R. Uppal, 2019, “Does Household Finance Matter? Small Financial Errors with Large Social Costs.” American Economic Review 109.3 (March), 1116-1154
  3. Buss, A., B. Dumas, R. Uppal, and G. Vilkov, 2016, “The Intended and Unintended Consequences of Financial-Market Regulations: A General Equilibrium Analysis.” Journal of Monetary Economics 81 (August), 25-43.
  4. DeMiguel, V., F.J. Nogales, and R. Uppal, 2014, “Stock Return Serial Dependence and Out-of- Sample Portfolio Performance.” The Review of Financial Studies 27.4, 1031-1073.
  5. Bhamra, H. and R. Uppal, 2014, “Asset Prices with Heterogeneity in Preferences and Beliefs.” The Review of Financial Studies 27.2, 519-580.
  6. DeMiguel, V., Y. Plyakha, R. Uppal, and G. Vilkov, 2013, “Improving Portfolio Selection Using Option-Implied Volatility and Skewness.” Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis 48.6, 1813-1845.
  7. Boyle, P., L. Garlappi, R. Uppal and T. Wang, 2012, “Keynes Meets Markowitz: The Tradeoff Between Familiarity and Diversification,” Management Science 58.2, 253-272.
  8. Bhamra, H. and R. Uppal, 2009, “The Effect of Improved Risk Sharing on Stock-Market Return Volatility When Agents Differ in Risk Aversion,” The Review of Financial Studies 22.6, 2303-2330.
  9. DeMiguel, V., L. Garlappi and R. Uppal, 2009, “Optimal versus Naive Diversification: How Inefficient is the 1∕N Portfolio Strategy?” The Review of Financial Studies 22.5, 1915-1953. Awarded the Prize for the Best Paper presented at the conferences of INQUIRE-UK in 2005.
  10. DeMiguel, V., L. Garlappi, J. Nogales and R. Uppal, 2009, “A Generalized Approach to Portfolio Optimization: Improving Performance By Constraining Portfolio Norms,” Management Science 55.5, 798-812.
  11. Dumas, B., A. Kurshev and R. Uppal, 2009, “Equilibrium Portfolio Strategies in the Presence of Sentiment Risk and Excess Volatility,” The Journal of Finance 64.2, 579-629.
  12. Kogan, L., I. Makarov and R. Uppal, 2007, “The Equity Risk Premium and the Riskfree Rate in an Economy with Borrowing Constraints,” Mathematics and Financial Economics 1.1, 1–19. Lead article.
  13. Garlappi, L., Uppal, R. and T. Wang, 2007, “Portfolio Selection with Parameter and Model Uncertainty: A Multi-Prior Approach,” Review of Financial Studies 20.1, 41-81. Awarded the Prize for the Best Paper presented at the conferences of INQUIRE-UK in 2003.
  14. Bhamra, H. and R. Uppal, 2006, “The Effect of Risk Aversion and Intertemporal Substitution on Dynamic Consumption and Portfolio Rules with Recursive Utility,” Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control 30.6, 967-991.
  15. DeMiguel, V. and R. Uppal, 2005, “Portfolio Investment with the Exact Tax Basis via Nonlinear Programming,” Management Science 51.2, 277-290.
  16. Das, S. and R. Uppal, 2004, “Systemic Risk and International Portfolio Choice,” Journal of Finance 59.6, 2809-2834. Awarded the Prize for the Best Paper presented at the conferences of INQUIRE-UK in 2002. Nominated for the 2005 Smith Breeden Prize for best paper published in the Journal of Finance.
  17. Apte, P., Sercu, P. and R. Uppal, 2004, “The Exchange Rate and Purchasing Power Parity: Extending the Theory and Tests,” Journal of International Money and Finance, 23.4, 553-571. Lead article.
  18. Uppal, R., and T. Wang, 2003, “Model Misspecification and Underdiversification,” Journal of Finance 58.6, 2465-2486. Nominated for the 2004 Smith Breeden Prize for best paper published in the Journal of Finance.
  19. Sercu, P. and R. Uppal, 2003, “Exchange Rate Volatility and International Trade in a General Equilibrium Economy,” European Economic Review 47, 429-441.
  20. Dumas, B. and R. Uppal, 2001, “Global Diversification, Growth and Welfare with Imperfect Markets for Goods,” The Review of Financial Studies 14.1, 277-305. Received the Best Paper in Finance Award for 2003 from the Europlace Institute of Finance (Institut Europlace de Finance).
  21. Dumas, B., R. Uppal and T. Wang, 2000, “Efficient Intertemporal Allocations with Recursive Utility,” Journal of Economic Theory 93.2, 240-259.
  22. Hollifield, B., and R. Uppal, 1997, “An Examination of Uncovered Interest Parity in Segmented International Commodity Markets,” Journal of Finance 52.5, 2145-2170. Received the Chicago Board of Trade Award for the best paper on Futures or Options on Futures at the 1995 Western Finance Association Meetings.
  23. Uppal, R. and C. Van Hulle, 1997, “Sovereign Debt and the London Club: A Precommitment Device for Limiting Punishment,” Journal of Banking and Finance 21.5, 741-756.
  24. Sercu, P., R. Uppal and C. Van Hulle, 1995, “The Exchange Rate in the Presence of Transactions Costs: Implications for Tests of Purchasing Power Parity,” Journal of Finance 50.4, 1309-1319.
  25. Naik, V. and R. Uppal, 1994, “Leverage Constraints and the Optimal Hedging of Stock and Bond Options,” Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis 29.2, 199-222.
  26. Edirisinghe, C., V. Naik and R. Uppal, 1993, “Optimal Replication of Options with Transaction Costs and Trading Restrictions,” Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis 28.1, 117-138.
  27. Uppal, R., 1993, “A General Equilibrium Model of International Portfolio Choice,” Journal of Finance 48.2, 529-553. Nominated for the Smith Breeden Prize for 1993.
  28. Uppal, R., 1992, “Deviations from Purchasing Power Parity and Capital Flows,” Journal of International Money and Finance 11.2, 126-144. Lead article.

Working papers

(Arranged by last name of author)

  1. Bhamra, H. and R. Uppal, 2018, “Do Idiosyncratic Individual Behavioral Biases Have Aggregate Effects?”
  2. Bhamra, H. and R. Uppal, 2018, “Personal Expectations and Macrofinance.”
  3. Buss, A., R. Uppal, and G. Vilkov, 2018, “The Implications of Financial Innovation for Capital Markets and Household Welfare.” Under review.
  4. Plyakha, Y., R. Uppal, and G. Vilkov, 2018, “Equal or Value Weighting? Implications for Asset-Pricing Tests.” Under review.
  5. Plyakha, Y., R. Uppal, and G. Vilkov, 2015, “Why Does the Equally Weighted Portfolio Outperform the Value- and Price-Weighted Portfolios?” Awarded the S&P SPIVA Awards First Prize in 2012.
  6. Raponi, V. and R. Uppal and P. Zaffaroni, 2018, “Robust Portfolio Choice.”
  7. Uppal, R. and P. Zaffaroni, 2018, “Portfolio Choice with Model Misspecification: A Foundation for Alpha and Beta Portfolios.”
  8. Uppal, R., P. Zaffaroni, and I. Zviadadze, 2018, “Beyond the Bound: Pricing Assets With Misspecified Stochastic Discount Factors.”