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Evolution of earnings-to-price ratios: International evidence


  • Eun, Cheol S.
  • Lee, Jinsoo


In this paper, we examine the pattern of historical evolution of international earnings-to-price ratios for a sample of 17 developed markets over the period 1980-2008. Using a measure of distance between earnings-to-price ratios of international stock markets, we find that earnings-to-price ratios of 17 markets have significantly converged toward each other during the sample period. Specifically, the average distance for our sample markets has decreased by about 70% during this period. Our analysis indicates that the convergence in earnings-to-price ratios reflects increasing capital market integration rather than more alignment in industrial structure among these markets.

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  • Eun, Cheol S. & Lee, Jinsoo, 2010. "Evolution of earnings-to-price ratios: International evidence," Global Finance Journal, Elsevier, vol. 21(2), pages 125-137.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:glofin:v:21:y:2010:i:2:p:125-137

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    1. Pui Sun Tam & Pui I Tam, 2012. "Rethinking stock market integration: Globalization, valuation and convergence," SFB 649 Discussion Papers SFB649DP2012-052, Sonderforschungsbereich 649, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.


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