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

16 Pages Posted: 28 Dec 2009

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Avanidhar Subrahmanyam

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Finance Area; Institute of Global Finance, UNSW Business School; Financial Research Network (FIRN)

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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, behavioural 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.

Suggested Citation

Subrahmanyam, Avanidhar, The Cross-Section of Expected Stock Returns: What Have We Learnt from the Past Twenty-Five Years of Research?. European Financial Management, Vol. 16, Issue 1, pp. 27-42, January 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1527934 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-036X.2009.00520.x

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