Data Snooping Biases in Tests of Financial Asset Pricing Models1990
Tests of financial asset pricing models may yield misleading inferences when properties of the data are used to construct the test statistics. In particular, such tests are often based on returns to portfolios of common stock, where portfolios are constructed by sorting some empirically motivated characteristic of the securities such as market value of equity. Analytical calculations, Monte Carlo simulations, and two empirical examples show the effects of this type of data snooping can be substantial.
When Are Contrarian Profits Due To Stock Market Overreaction?1990
If returns on some stocks systematically lead or lag those of others, a portfolio strategy that sells "winners" and "losers" can produce positive expected returns, even if no stock's returns are negatively autocorrelated as virtually all models of overreaction imply. Using a particular contrarian strategy we show that, despite negative autocorrelation in individual stock returns, weekly portfolio returns are strongly postivitely autocorrelated and are the result of important cross-autocorrelations. We find that the returns of large stocks lead those of smaller stocks, and we present evidence against overreaction as the only source of contrarian profits.
An Econometric Analysis of Nonsynchronous Trading1990
We develop a stochastic model of nonsynchronous asset prices based on sampling with random censoring. In addition to generalizing existing models of nontrading, our framework allows the explicit calculation of the effects of infrequent trading on the time series properties of asset returns. These are empirically testable implications for the variance, autocorrelations, and cross-autocorrelations of returns to individual stocks as well as to portfolios. We construct estimators to quantify the magnitude of nontrading effects in commonly used stock returns data bases, and show the extent to which this phenomenon is responsible for the recent rejections of the random walk hypothesis.
Games of Survival in the Newspaper Industry1989
Since 1958 the number of United States cities with competing central-city newspapers has dwindled from 70 to 19. This evident drift toward monopoly has provoked public concern over the loss of independent editorial voices. Economically, it raises important questions about what cost structures can mandate a 'natural monopoly' and how rival firms in small-numbers markets behave when structural conditions favor a monopoly equilibrium in the long run. In this paper, we explore the rival behavior of two or three sellers in a market where monopoly profits may substantially exceed those of duopoly or triopoly. We develop a theoretical model of the newspaper firm and derive its econometric implications for the demand for and pricing of central-city newspaper advertising and circulation. We test these implications using data for 50 major newspapers located in 30 US metropolitan areas.
The Size and Power of the Variance Ration Test in Finite Samples: A Monte Carlo Investigation1989
We examine the finite-sample properties of the variance ratio test of the random walk hypothesis via Monte Carlo simulations under two null and three alternative hypotheses. These results are compared to the performance of the Dickey-Fuller t and the Box-Pierce Q statistics. Under the null hypothesis of a random walk with independent and identically distributed Gaussian increments, the empirical size of all three tests are comparable. Under the heteroskedastic random walk null, the variance ration test is more reliable than either the Dickey-Fuller or Box-Pierce tests. We compute the power of these three tests against three alternatives of recent empirical interest: a stationary AR(1), the sum of this AR(1) and a random walk, and an integrated AR(1). By choosing the sampling frequency appropriately, the variance ratio test is shown to be as powerful as the Dickey-Fuller and Box-Pierce tests against the stationary alternative and is more powerful than either of the two tests against the two unit root alternatives.
Maximum Likelihood Estimation of Generalized Ito Processes with Discretely Sampled Data1988
This paper considers the parametric estimation problem for continuous-time stochastic processes described by first-order nonlinear stochastic differential equations of the generalized Ito type (containing both jump and diffusion components). We derive a particular functional partial differential equation which characterizes the exact likelihood function of a discretely sampled Ito process. In addition, we show by a simple counterexample that the common approach of estimating parameters of an Ito process by applying maximum likelihood to a discretization of the stochastic differential equation does not yield consistent estimators.
Stock Market Prices Do Not Follow Random Walks: Evidence from a Simple Specification Test1988
In this article we test the random walk hypothesis for weekly stock market returns by comparing variance estimators derived from data sampled at difference frequencies. The random walk model is strongly rejected for the entire sample period (1962-1985) and for all subperiods for a variety of aggregate returns indexes and size-sorted portfolios. Although the rejections are due largely to behavior of small stocks, they cannot be attributed completely to the effects of infrequent trading or time-varying volatilities. Moreover, the rejection of the random walk for weekly returns does not support a mean-reverting model of asset prices.
Semiparametric Upper Bounds for Option Prices and Expected Payoffs1987
Upper bounds on the expected payoff of call and put options are derived. These bounds depend only on the mean and variance of the terminal stock price and not on its entire distribution, so they are termed semi-parametric. A corollary of this result is a set of upper bounds for option prices obtained by the risk-neutral valuation approach of Cox and Ross. As an example, these bounds are shown to obtain across both lognormal diffusion-jump processes for any given data set. We present an illustrative example that suggests these bounds may be of considerable practical value.
Statistical Tests of Contingent-Claims Asset-Pricing Models: A New Methodology1986
A new methodology for statistically testing contingent-claims asset-pricing models based on asymptotic statistical theory is proposed. It is introduced in the context of the Black-Scholes option-pricing model, for which some illustrative estimation, inference, and simulation results are also presented. The proposed methodology is then extended to arbitrary contingent claims by first considering the estimation problem for general Itô processes and then deriving the asymptotic distribution of a general contingent claim which depends upon such Itô processes.
Logit Versus Discriminant Analysis: A Specification Test with Applications to Corporate Bankruptcies1986
Two of the most widely used statistical techniques for analyzing discrete economic phenomena are discriminant analysis (DA) and logit analysis. For purposes of parameter estimation, logit has been shown to be more robust than DA. However, under certain distributional assumptions both procedures yield consistent estimates and the DA estimator is asympototically efficient. This suggests a natural Hausman specification test of these distributional assumptions by comparing the two estimators. In this paper, such a test is proposed and an empirical example involving corporate bankruptcies is provided. The finite-sample properties of the test statistic are also explored through some sampling experiments.