A Respecified Fama French Three Factor Model for the Eastern European Transition Nations
24 Pages Posted: 8 Mar 2016
Date Written: March 4, 2016
This paper uses factor models to explain stock market returns in the Eastern European (EE) countries that joined the European Union (EU) in 2004. In line with other studies, we find that the market value of equity component in the Fama French (1993) three factor model performs poorly when applied to our emerging markets dataset. We propose a significant amendment to the standard three factor model by replacing the market value of equity factor with a term that proxies for accounting manipulation. We show that our three factor model is better able to explain returns in the EE EU nations than the Fama French (1993) three factor model, hereby offering an alternative model for use in the numerous markets in which previous studies have found little correlation between market value of equity and equity returns.
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