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The book-to-market and size effects in a general asset pricing model: evidence from seven national markets

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  • Maroney, Neal C.

    (University of New Orleans)

  • Protopapadakis, Aris A.

    (University of Southern California)

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We find a positive relation between returns and Book-to Market ratio (BE/ME) and a negative relation between returns and Market Value (MVE) in all the countries we study. The BE/ME and MVE "effects" are international in character and remain strong under a general stochastic pricing function that does not depend on a specific asset pricing model and avoids potentially serious simultaneity biases inherent in the Fama & French three-factor model. Finally, potentially important macro and financial variables that we add to the pricing functions do not offer an explanation of the BE/ME effect.

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  • Maroney, Neal C. & Protopapadakis, Aris A., 1999. "The book-to-market and size effects in a general asset pricing model: evidence from seven national markets," Working Papers 1999-15, University of New Orleans, Department of Economics and Finance.
  • Handle: RePEc:uno:wpaper:1999-15
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    Keywords

    Book-to-market ratio; Market valuation;

    JEL classification:

    • G10 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)
    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates
    • G15 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - International Financial Markets
    • G30 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - General

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