Wayne E. Ferson

University of Southern California

Professor of Finance

2250 Alcazar Street

Los Angeles, CA 90089

United States

http://www-rcf.usc.edu/~ferson/

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

1050 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge, MA 02138

United States

SCHOLARLY PAPERS

38

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Scholarly Papers (38)

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Citation 143

Spurious Regressions in Financial Economics?

AFA 2001 New Orleans Meetings
Number of pages: 31 Posted: 17 Oct 2000
Wayne E. Ferson, Sergei Sarkissian and Timothy T. Simin
University of Southern California, McGill University and Pennsylvania State University
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Spurious Regressions in Financial Economics?

NBER Working Paper No. w9143
Number of pages: 36 Posted: 06 Sep 2002 Last Revised: 28 Oct 2010
Wayne E. Ferson, Sergei Sarkissian and Timothy T. Simin
University of Southern California, McGill University and Pennsylvania State University
Downloads 95 (274,601)
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Conditioning Variables and the Cross-Section of Stock Returns

Fuqua School of Business Working Paper No. 9902
Number of pages: 56 Posted: 20 Apr 1999
Wayne E. Ferson and Campbell R. Harvey
University of Southern California and Duke University - Fuqua School of Business
Downloads 1,020 (20,472)
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Conditioning Variables and the Cross-Section of Stock Returns

NBER Working Paper No. w7009
Number of pages: 60 Posted: 28 Jun 2000 Last Revised: 12 Oct 2010
Wayne E. Ferson and Campbell R. Harvey
University of Southern California and Duke University - Fuqua School of Business
Downloads 58 (365,834)

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Conditional Performance Measurement Using Portfolio Weights: Evidence for Pension Funds

AFA 2001 New Orleans
Number of pages: 47 Posted: 29 Oct 2000
Wayne E. Ferson and Kenneth Khang
University of Southern California and University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Downloads 877 (25,576)

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Conditional Performance Measurement Using Portfolio Weights: Evidence for Pension Funds

NBER Working Paper No. w8790
Number of pages: 58 Posted: 14 Feb 2002 Last Revised: 26 Oct 2010
Wayne E. Ferson and Kenneth Khang
University of Southern California and University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
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Conditional Performance Measurement Using Portfolio Weights: Evidence for Pension Funds

Journal of Financial Economics, Forthcoming
Posted: 25 Feb 2002
Wayne E. Ferson and Kenneth Khang
University of Southern California and University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

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Performance Evaluation, Pension Funds, Conditioning, Portfolio Weights

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The Alpha Factor Asset Pricing Model: A Parable

Number of pages: 36 Posted: 29 Jun 2005
Wayne E. Ferson, Sergei Sarkissian and Timothy T. Simin
University of Southern California, McGill University and Pennsylvania State University
Downloads 736 (33,129)
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Asset pricing, Factor models, Cross-sectional regressions, Arbitrage portfolios, Anomalies

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Evaluating Fixed Income Fund Performance with Stochastic Discount Factors

EFA 2003 Annual Conference Paper No. 486
Number of pages: 81 Posted: 28 Jul 2003
Wayne E. Ferson, Darren J. Kisgen and Tyler R. Henry
University of Southern California, Boston College - Carroll School of Management and Miami University
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Performance Measurement with Market and Volatility Timing and Selectivity

Number of pages: 41 Posted: 15 Mar 2012
Wayne E. Ferson
University of Southern California
Downloads 454 (62,091)
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Measuring the Timing Ability and Performance of Bond Mutual Funds

Journal of Financial Economics (JFE), Forthcoming
Number of pages: 49 Posted: 12 Oct 2009
Yong Chen, Wayne E. Ferson and Helen Peters
Texas A&M University - Department of Finance, University of Southern California and Boston College - Department of Finance
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Mutual funds, Market timing, Bond funds, Investment performance evaluation

Measuring the Timing Ability and Performance of Bond Mutual Funds

NBER Working Paper No. w15318
Number of pages: 50 Posted: 08 Sep 2009 Last Revised: 08 Oct 2009
Yong Chen, Wayne E. Ferson and Helen Peters
Texas A&M University - Department of Finance, University of Southern California and Boston College - Department of Finance
Downloads 28 (487,772)

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Performance Evaluation with Stochastic Discount Factors

Number of pages: 38 Posted: 26 Feb 2002
University of Oklahoma - Michael F. Price College of Business, University of Southern California, Carleton University - Eric Sprott School of Business and Loyola University of Chicago
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Performance evaluation, stochastic discount factors, mutual funds, conditional asset pricing

Performance Evaluation with Stochastic Discount Factors

NBER Working Paper No. w8791
Number of pages: 50 Posted: 14 Feb 2002 Last Revised: 26 Oct 2010
University of Oklahoma - Michael F. Price College of Business, University of Southern California, Carleton University - Eric Sprott School of Business and Loyola University of Chicago
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Performance Evaluation with Stochastic Discount Factors

Journal of Business, Vol. 75, No. 3, July 2002
Posted: 17 Apr 2002
University of Oklahoma - Michael F. Price College of Business, University of Southern California, Carleton University - Eric Sprott School of Business and Loyola University of Chicago

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The Timing Ability of Fixed Income Mutual Funds

EFA 2005 Moscow Meetings Paper
Number of pages: 54 Posted: 26 Feb 2005
Wayne E. Ferson
University of Southern California
Downloads 397 (72,962)
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Fixed income, mutual funds

Evaluating Government Bond Fund Performance with Stochastic Discount Factors

14th Annual Conference on Financial Economics and Accounting (FEA)
Number of pages: 87 Posted: 20 Jan 2004
Wayne E. Ferson, Tyler R. Henry and Darren J. Kisgen
University of Southern California, Miami University and Boston College - Carroll School of Management
Downloads 397 (72,295)
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Evaluating Government Bond Fund Performance with Stochastic Discount Factors

The Review of Financial Studies, Vol. 19, Issue 2, pp. 423-455, 2006
Posted: 29 Feb 2008
Wayne E. Ferson, r R. Henry and n J. Kisgen
University of Southern California, affiliation not provided to SSRN and affiliation not provided to SSRN

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Alpha and Performance Measurement: The Effects of Investor Disagreement and Heterogeneity

Journal of Finance, Forthcoming
Number of pages: 90 Posted: 11 Mar 2011 Last Revised: 11 Aug 2013
Wayne E. Ferson and Jerchern Lin
University of Southern California and Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University - Department of Finance, Insurance, and Business Law
Downloads 373 (77,731)
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alpha, performance measurement, investor heterogeneity, mutual funds, fund flows

Alpha and Performance Measurement: The Effects of Investor Disagreement and Heterogeneity

NBER Working Paper No. w19349
Number of pages: 53 Posted: 24 Aug 2013
Wayne E. Ferson and Jerchern Lin
University of Southern California and Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University - Department of Finance, Insurance, and Business Law
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Economic, Financial and Fundamental Global Risk in and Out of the Emu

Fuqua School of Business Working Paper No. 9901
Number of pages: 52 Posted: 28 Apr 1999
Wayne E. Ferson and Campbell R. Harvey
University of Southern California and Duke University - Fuqua School of Business
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Economic, Financial, and Fundamental Global Risk in and Out of the Emu

NBER Working Paper No. w6967
Number of pages: 53 Posted: 09 Mar 1999 Last Revised: 12 Oct 2010
Wayne E. Ferson and Campbell R. Harvey
University of Southern California and Duke University - Fuqua School of Business
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Fundamental Determinants of National Equity Market Returns: A Perspective on Conditional Asset Pricing

Number of pages: 60 Posted: 27 Oct 2005
Wayne E. Ferson and Campbell R. Harvey
University of Southern California and Duke University - Fuqua School of Business
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International asset pricing, fundamental ratios, country risk, time-varying risk, valuation

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Mimicking Portfolios with Conditioning Information

EFA 2004 Maastricht Meetings Paper No. 2478
Number of pages: 19 Posted: 22 Jul 2004
Wayne E. Ferson, Andrew F. Siegel and Tracy Xu
University of Southern California, University of Washington - Department of Finance and Business Economics and University of Denver
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Mimicking Portfolios with Conditioning Information

NBER Working Paper No. w11020
Number of pages: 51 Posted: 01 Feb 2005 Last Revised: 13 Aug 2010
Wayne E. Ferson, Andrew F. Siegel and Tracy Xu
University of Southern California, University of Washington - Department of Finance and Business Economics and University of Denver
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Testing Portfolio Efficiency with Conditioning Information

AFA 2003 Washington, DC Meetings
Number of pages: 53 Posted: 30 Sep 2002
Wayne E. Ferson and Andrew F. Siegel
University of Southern California and University of Washington - Department of Finance and Business Economics
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Testing Portfolio Efficiency with Conditioning Information

NBER Working Paper No. w12098
Number of pages: 54 Posted: 14 May 2006 Last Revised: 24 Jul 2010
Wayne E. Ferson and Andrew F. Siegel
University of Southern California and University of Washington - Department of Finance and Business Economics
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Testing Portfolio Efficiency with Conditioning Information

The Review of Financial Studies, Vol. 22, Issue 7, pp. 2535-2558, 2009
Posted: 22 Jun 2009
Wayne E. Ferson and Andrew F. Siegel
University of Southern California and University of Washington - Department of Finance and Business Economics

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The 'Out-of-sample' Performance of Long-Run Risk Models

Marshall School of Business Working Paper No. FBE 33-09
Number of pages: 53 Posted: 26 Sep 2009 Last Revised: 19 May 2010
Wayne E. Ferson, Suresh Nallareddy and Biqin Xie
University of Southern California, Columbia university and Pennsylvania State University
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Long-run risk models, Out-of-sample, Equity premium puzzle, Size effect, Book to market effect, Momentum, Reversals, Term premium, Default premium

The 'Out-of-Sample' Performance of Long-Run Risk Models

Number of pages: 67 Posted: 15 Mar 2011
Wayne E. Ferson, Suresh Nallareddy and Biqin Xie
University of Southern California, Columbia university and Pennsylvania State University
Downloads 71 (328,603)
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Long-run risk models, Out-of-sample performance

Stochastic Discount Factor Bounds with Conditioning Information

Number of pages: 52 Posted: 08 Feb 2002
Wayne E. Ferson and Andrew F. Siegel
University of Southern California and University of Washington - Department of Finance and Business Economics
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volatility bounds, stochastic discount factors, finite sample bias, asset pricing, return

Stochastic Discount Factor Bounds with Conditioning Information

NBER Working Paper No. w8789
Number of pages: 48 Posted: 14 Feb 2002 Last Revised: 26 Oct 2010
Wayne E. Ferson and Andrew F. Siegel
University of Southern California and University of Washington - Department of Finance and Business Economics
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Tests of Multifactor Pricing Models, Volatility Bounds and Portfolio Performance

NBER Working Paper No. w9441
Number of pages: 98 Posted: 16 Jan 2003 Last Revised: 20 Jun 2009
Wayne E. Ferson
University of Southern California
Downloads 158 (186,108)

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Do Arbitrage Pricing Models Explain the Predictability of Stock Returns?

Journal of Business, Vol. 68, No. 3, July 1995
Number of pages: 80 Posted: 10 Oct 1998 Last Revised: 11 Apr 2010
Wayne E. Ferson and Robert A. Korajczyk
University of Southern California and Northwestern University
Downloads 127 (221,994)
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Weak and Semi-Strong Form Stock Return Predictability Revisited

NBER Working Paper No. w11021
Number of pages: 33 Posted: 01 Feb 2005 Last Revised: 14 Aug 2010
Wayne E. Ferson, Andrea J. Heuson and Tie Su
University of Southern California, University of Miami - Department of Finance and University of Miami - Department of Finance
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Weak and Semi-Strong Form Stock Return Predictability, Revisited

NBER Working Paper No. w10689
Number of pages: 35 Posted: 08 Sep 2004 Last Revised: 17 Sep 2010
Wayne E. Ferson, Andrea J. Heuson and Tie Su
University of Southern California, University of Miami - Department of Finance and University of Miami - Department of Finance
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The Variation of Economic Risk Premiums

This paper is published in The Journal of Political Economy, 99:2, (1991), pp. 385-415
Number of pages: 24 Posted: 13 Nov 2018 Last Revised: 18 Apr 2019
Wayne E. Ferson and Campbell R. Harvey
University of Southern California and Duke University - Fuqua School of Business
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Factor timing, Predicting returns, Market timing, Factor premiums, Risk aversion, Risk premiums, Business cycle, Factor investing, Macro factors, Market efficiency

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Sources of Risk and Expected Returns in Global Equity Markets

NBER Working Paper No. w4622
Number of pages: 45 Posted: 10 Jul 2000 Last Revised: 24 Aug 2010
Wayne E. Ferson and Campbell R. Harvey
University of Southern California and Duke University - Fuqua School of Business
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Conditional Market Timing with Benchmark Investors

NBER Working Paper No. w6434
Number of pages: 53 Posted: 01 Aug 2000 Last Revised: 08 Oct 2010
affiliation not provided to SSRN, University of Southern California, Northeastern University and University of Virginia - Darden School of Business
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Asset Pricing Models with Conditional Betas and Alphas: The Effects of Data Snooping and Spurious Regression

NBER Working Paper No. w12658
Number of pages: 38 Posted: 20 Nov 2006 Last Revised: 04 Aug 2010
Wayne E. Ferson, Sergei Sarkissian and Timothy T. Simin
University of Southern California, McGill University and Pennsylvania State University
Downloads 68 (332,665)
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Holdings-Based Fund Performance Measures: Estimation and Inference

Number of pages: 105 Posted: 16 Jun 2018 Last Revised: 19 Dec 2018
Wayne E. Ferson and Junbo L. Wang
University of Southern California and Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
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Habit Persistence and Durability in Aggregate Consumption: Empirical Tests

NBER Working Paper No. w3631
Number of pages: 68 Posted: 21 May 2004
George M. Constantinides and Wayne E. Ferson
University of Chicago - Booth School of Business and University of Southern California
Downloads 63 (346,161)
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Conditioning Manager Alphas on Economic Information: Another Look at the Persistence of Performance

NBER Working Paper No. w5830
Number of pages: 56 Posted: 01 Aug 2000 Last Revised: 29 Mar 2008
Russell Investments, University of Southern California and University of Washington - Michael G. Foster School of Business
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Conditioning Manager Alphas on Economic Information: Another Look at the Persistence of Performance

REVIEW OF FINANCIAL STUDIES, Vol. 11 No. 1
Posted: 05 Nov 1997
Russell Investments, University of Southern California and University of Washington - Michael G. Foster School of Business

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An Exploratory Investigation of the Fundamental Determinants of National Equity Market Returns

NBER Working Paper No. w4595
Number of pages: 68 Posted: 13 Jul 2000 Last Revised: 26 Jul 2010
Wayne E. Ferson and Campbell R. Harvey
University of Southern California and Duke University - Fuqua School of Business
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Fundamental Determinants of National Equity Market Returns: A Perspective on Conditional Asset Pricing

NBER Working Paper No. w5860
Number of pages: 53 Posted: 15 Jul 2000 Last Revised: 04 Oct 2010
Wayne E. Ferson and Campbell R. Harvey
University of Southern California and Duke University - Fuqua School of Business
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The "Out of Sample" Performance of Long-Run Risk Models

NBER Working Paper No. w17848
Number of pages: 58 Posted: 20 Feb 2012 Last Revised: 13 Mar 2012
Wayne E. Ferson, Suresh Nallareddy and Biqin Xie
University of Southern California, Duke University - Fuqua School of Business and Pennsylvania State University
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Asymptotic Variances for Tests of Portfolio Efficiency and Factor Model Comparisons with Conditioning Information

Number of pages: 64 Posted: 24 Feb 2019
Wayne E. Ferson, Andrew F. Siegel and Junbo L. Wang
University of Southern California, University of Washington - Department of Finance and Business Economics and Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
Downloads 20 (518,957)

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Time Nonseparability in Aggregate Consumption: International Evidence

NBER Working Paper No. w4104
Number of pages: 52 Posted: 27 Apr 2000 Last Revised: 20 Sep 2010
Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management, University of Chicago - Booth School of Business and University of Southern California
Downloads 19 (524,858)
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How Many Good and Bad Funds Are There, Really?

Number of pages: 89 Posted: 15 Aug 2015 Last Revised: 19 Oct 2018
Wayne E. Ferson and Yong Chen
University of Southern California and Texas A&M University - Department of Finance
Downloads 18 (530,667)
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Hedge Fund, Mutual fund, Fund performance, False discovery rates, Bayes rule, Bootstrap, Goodness of fit, Test power, Trading Strategies, Kernel Smoothing

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Portfolio Performance Evaluation

Foundations and Trends in Finance, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 83-190, 2006
Number of pages: 108 Posted: 14 Jun 2010
George O. Aragon and Wayne E. Ferson
Arizona State University (ASU) - Finance Department and University of Southern California
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Portfolio performance, mutual fund performance, hedge funds, managed portfolios

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Ruminations on Investment Performance Measurement

European Financial Management, Vol. 19, Issue 1, pp. 4-13, 2013
Number of pages: 10 Posted: 29 Jan 2013
Wayne E. Ferson
University of Southern California
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mutual funds, hedge funds, bond funds, stochastic discount factors, portfolio holdings, bootstrap, market efficiency, portfolio management

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Investment Performance Evaluation

Annual Review of Financial Economics, Vol. 2, pp. 207-234, 2010
Posted: 12 Nov 2010
Wayne E. Ferson
University of Southern California

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Is Stock Return Predictability Spurious?

Journal of Investment Management, 2003, 1(3), 1-10
Posted: 31 Mar 2004 Last Revised: 27 Apr 2012
Wayne E. Ferson, Sergei Sarkissian and Timothy T. Simin
University of Southern California, McGill University and Pennsylvania State University

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Dividend yield, valuation ratios, time series, yield spreads, predicting stock returns, asset allocation, market timing, active portfolio management

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Measuring Fund Strategy and Performance in Changing Economic Conditions

J. OF FINANCE, Vol. 51 No. 2, June 1996
Posted: 25 Sep 1996
Wayne E. Ferson and Rudi Schadt
University of Southern California and INVESCO

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