Market Maturity and Mispricing

48 Pages Posted: 20 Jun 2016

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Heiko Jacobs

University of Duisburg-Essen, Campus Essen

Date Written: January 11, 2016


Relying on the Stambaugh, Yu, and Yuan (2015) mispricing score and on 45 countries between 1994 and 2013, I document economically meaningful and statistically significant cross-sectional stock return predictability around the globe. In contrast to the widely held belief, mispricing associated with the 11 long/short anomalies underlying the composite ranking measure appears to be at least as prevalent in developed markets as in emerging markets. Additional support for this conjecture is obtained, among others, from tests for biased expectations based on the behavior of anomaly spreads surrounding earnings announcements as well as from within-country variation in development.

Keywords: anomalies, return predictability, behavioral finance, international stock markets, emerging markets

JEL Classification: G12, G14, G15, F37

Suggested Citation

Jacobs, Heiko, Market Maturity and Mispricing (January 11, 2016). Journal of Financial Economics (JFE), Forthcoming, Available at SSRN:

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University of Duisburg-Essen, Campus Essen


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