Market Development, Information Diffusion and the Global Anomaly Puzzle

70 Pages Posted: 30 Sep 2016 Last revised: 22 Oct 2019

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Charlie X. Cai

University of Liverpool Management School

Kevin Keasey

University of Leeds - Division of Accounting and Finance

Peng Li

University of Leeds - Leeds University Business School (LUBS)

Qi Zhang

Durham University

Date Written: July 20, 2019

Abstract

Previous literature finds that anomalies are at least as prevalent in developed markets as in emerging markets; namely, the global anomaly puzzle. We show that while market development and information diffusion are linearly related, information diffusion has a nonlinear impact on anomalies. This is consistent with theoretical developments concerning the process of information diffusion. In extremely low efficiency regimes, without newswatchers sowing the seeds of price discovery and ensuring the long-run convergence of price to fundamental, initial mispricing and subsequent correction will not occur. The concentration of emerging countries in low efficiency regimes provides an explanation to the puzzle.

Keywords: Asset Pricing, Anomalies, Behavioral Finance, Multi-Factor Models, International Evidence

JEL Classification: G12, G14, G15

Suggested Citation

Cai, Charlie Xiaowu and Keasey, Kevin and Li, Peng and Zhang, Qi, Market Development, Information Diffusion and the Global Anomaly Puzzle (July 20, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2839799 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2839799

Charlie Xiaowu Cai (Contact Author)

University of Liverpool Management School ( email )

University of Liverpool
Liverpool, L69 7ZA
United Kingdom

Kevin Keasey

University of Leeds - Division of Accounting and Finance ( email )

Leeds LS2 9JT
United Kingdom
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Peng Li

University of Leeds - Leeds University Business School (LUBS) ( email )

Leeds LS2 9JT
United Kingdom

Qi Zhang

Durham University ( email )

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Durham, Durham DH1 3HP
United Kingdom

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