Sources of Risk and Expected Returns in Global Equity Markets

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Wayne E. Ferson

University of Southern California; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Campbell R. Harvey

Duke University - Fuqua School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: January 1994

Abstract

This paper empirically examines multifactor asset pricing models for the returns and expected returns on eighteen national equity markets. The factors are chosen to measure global economic risks. Although previous studies do not reject the unconditional mean- variance efficiency of a world market portfolio, our evidence indicates that the tests are low in power, and the world market betas do not provide a good explanation of cross-sectional differences in average returns. Multiple beta models provide an improved explanation of the equity returns.

Suggested Citation

Ferson, Wayne E. and Harvey, Campbell R., Sources of Risk and Expected Returns in Global Equity Markets (January 1994). NBER Working Paper No. w4622. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=226968

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