Dollar-Weighted Returns to Stock Investors: A New Look at the Evidence
16 Pages Posted: 12 Nov 2008
Date Written: January 31, 2008
Dichev (2007, American Economic Review), in an influential paper, examines the gap between the performance of major stock markets and the dollar-weighted performance of investors in these markets. He finds a significant gap of 1.3 percent per year for NYSE/AMEX and 1.5 percent internationally. We question these results. The NYSE/AMEX performance gap is actually negative in the last two thirds of Dichev's 1926-2002 period, while his international results are influenced by a dramatic increase in Datastream's coverage. When, instead of Datastream, we use a comprehensive share price database, the U.K. performance gap changes from 1.1 to -1.3 percent. In short, Dichev's findings are not robust.
Keywords: stock market, dollar-weighted returns
JEL Classification: G11, G12, G15
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