The Skewness-Kurtosis Plane for Cryptocurrencies' Universe

Ariston Karagiorgis, Antonis Ballis, Konstantinos Drakos

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Cryptocurrency returns diverge excessively from normality, with the interrelationship of Skewness and Kurtosis being accordant with a parabolic form, yet this connection is scantly documented. We begin by demonstrating diagrammatically the attributes of the S-K plane for cryptocurrencies. Moreover, by taking advantage of the panel structure of the data, we estimate a quadratic model for the S-K plane. Then we investigate whether the type and the infrastructure of the cryptocurrency, as well as the period under examination, alter the architecture of the plane. We find that the squared Skewness of tokens substantially lowers the slope of Kurtosis, while the same applies to the earlier era of the market.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Finance and Economics
Early online date14 Feb 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 14 Feb 2023

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Copyright © 2023 The Authors. International Journal of Finance & Economics published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License [], which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.


  • Cryptocurrencies
  • Higher Moments
  • Skewness
  • Kurtosis
  • Bitcoin


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