Does Q-Theory with Investment Frictions Explain Anomalies in the Cross-Section of Returns?
43 Pages Posted: 20 Feb 2010
Date Written: January 1, 2010
Q-theory predicts that investment frictions steepen the relation between expected returns and firm investment. Using financing constraints to proxy for investment frictions, we document only weak evidence that the investment-to-assets and asset growth effects in the cross-section of returns are stronger in financially more constrained firms than in financially less constrained firms. There is no evidence that q-theory with investment frictions explains the investment growth, net stock issues, abnormal corporate investment, or net operating assets anomalies. Limits-to-arbitrage proxies dominate q-theory with investment frictions in explaining the magnitude of the investment-to-assets and asset growth anomalies in direct comparisons.
Keywords: q-theory, investment frictions, asset pricing anomalies, limits to arbitrage
JEL Classification: E22, E44, G12, G14, G31, G32
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