The Cross-Section of Expected Stock Returns: What Have We Learnt from the Past Twenty-Five Years of Research?

European Financial Management, Forthcoming

47 Pages Posted: 26 Aug 2009 Last revised: 30 Sep 2009

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Avanidhar Subrahmanyam

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Finance Area; Financial Research Network (FIRN)

Date Written: August 24, 2009

Abstract

I review the recent literature on cross-sectional predictors of stock returns. Predictive variables used emanate from informal arguments, alternative tests of risk-return models, behavioral biases, and frictions. More than fifty variables have been used to predict returns. The overall picture, however, remains murky, because more needs to be done to consider the correlational structure amongst the variables, use a comprehensive set of controls, and discern whether the results survive simple variations in methodology.

Keywords: market efficiency, cross-section of stock returns

JEL Classification: G12, G14

Suggested Citation

Subrahmanyam, Avanidhar, The Cross-Section of Expected Stock Returns: What Have We Learnt from the Past Twenty-Five Years of Research? (August 24, 2009). European Financial Management, Forthcoming , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1461185

Avanidhar Subrahmanyam (Contact Author)

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