Campbell, Gareth (2010): Cross-Section of a ‘Bubble’: Stock Prices and Dividends during the British Railway Mania.
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Historical ‘bubbles’ are often attributed to mispricing, but the empirical analysis of such episodes has been limited. This paper examines a notable but academically neglected period, known as the British Railway Mania, using a new dataset and a cross-sectional methodology which is unique to the study of historical asset price reversals. The main finding is that the cross-sectional variation in stock prices, in every week of the sample, is explained by the cross-sectional variation in dividends, growth and risk, with no significant differences between the railways and non-railways. This implies that an economic bubble was not responsible for the rise and fall in the prices of railway assets at this time.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Cross-Section of a ‘Bubble’: Stock Prices and Dividends during the British Railway Mania|
|Keywords:||bubbles, financial crises, Railway Mania|
|Subjects:||G - Financial Economics > G1 - General Financial Markets > G12 - Asset Pricing ; Trading Volume ; Bond Interest Rates
G - Financial Economics > G1 - General Financial Markets > G11 - Portfolio Choice ; Investment Decisions
N - Economic History > N2 - Financial Markets and Institutions > N23 - Europe: Pre-1913
G - Financial Economics > G0 - General > G01 - Financial Crises
|Depositing User:||Gareth Campbell|
|Date Deposited:||20. Apr 2010 20:37|
|Last Modified:||12. Feb 2013 17:54|
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