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On the power of cross-sectional and multivariate tests of the CAPM

  • Grauer, Robert R.
  • Janmaat, Johannus A.

This paper examines the power of the cross-sectional and multivariate tests of the CAPM under ideal conditions. When the CAPM is true the positively weighted market portfolio is MV-efficient and securities plot on the security market line. When the CAPM is false an alternative asset pricing model determines prices. An examination of the population intercepts, slopes and R2 from cross-sectional regressions of expected returns on betas indicates that all three are unreliable indicators of whether the CAPM holds. Simulation analysis of the power of the cross-sectional tests expands on and reinforces the analysis based on the population values. The Gibbons et al. (1989) multivariate test fares much better.

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Volume (Year): 33 (2009)
Issue (Month): 5 (May)
Pages: 775-787

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