A Comparison of Industry Classification Schemes: A Large Sample Study

Posted: 30 Aug 2012 Last revised: 16 Oct 2012

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Karel Hrazdil

Simon Fraser University

Kim Trottier

Simon Fraser University

Ray Zhang

Simon Fraser University (SFU)

Date Written: October 15, 2012

Abstract

In a large sample setting, we compare four broadly available industry classification schemes in their effectiveness to group stocks with similar operating characteristics. We demonstrate the advantage of the Global Industry Classification Scheme to be consistent across different application schemes common to capital market research and across different groups of firms.

Keywords: Industry classification, homogeneity, performance, SIC, NAICS, FF, GICS

JEL Classification: C15, G1

Suggested Citation

Hrazdil, Karel and Trottier, Kim and Zhang, Ray, A Comparison of Industry Classification Schemes: A Large Sample Study (October 15, 2012). Economics Letters, Vol. 118, No. 1, pp. 77-80, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2138603 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2138603

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Kim Trottier

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Ray Zhang

Simon Fraser University (SFU) ( email )

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Canada

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