Data Snooping and the Global Accrual Anomaly


Asset Pricing, Empirical Capital Market Research

Applied Financial Economics, 22, 509–535 (2012)


  • Accrual anomaly
  • Momentum effect
  • Multiple hypothesis testing


Markus L. Lohre, H.


Naively testing for accruals mispricing in 26 equity markets – one market at a time – we find statistical evidence of anomalous returns in some countries. However, some of these findings might well be spurious because of data snooping biases that arise when simultaneously testing several hypotheses. While the accrual anomaly is not deemed to be robust in some countries, when properly accounting for multiple testing we find the international momentum effect to by and large pass the battery of multiple testing procedures. Moreover, we find the few robust accrual anomalies vanishing in recent times indicating that investors have been exploiting the mispricing.

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