A note on transition stock return behaviour

P.F.G. Jansen, W.F.C. Verschoor*

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This paper examines the relationship between expected stock returns and size, and market-to-book ratio in four transition emerging markets, namely the czech republic, hungary, poland, and russia. Overall, we find a premium for large firms and growth stocks; factors that drive cross-sectional differences in expected transition stock returns are qualitatively different to those documented for many other emerging and developed equity markets. As our finding applies to the post-1996 period, we confirm the assertion of black (journal of portfolio management, 20, 8–18, 1993) and mackinlay (journal of financial economics, 38, 3–28, 1995) that ‘the value premium is sample-specific’. Thus, the higher average return on value stocks that has been documented for developed and emerging equity markets may not be considered as a local manifestation of a global phenomenon.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-13
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Economics Letters
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2004

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