## The Paradox Of Asset Pricing (2001)

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### BibTeX

@MISC{Bossaerts01theparadox,

author = {Peter Bossaerts},

title = {The Paradox Of Asset Pricing},

year = {2001}

}

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### Abstract

Modern finance has generated a set of formal models of the workings of financial markets that certainly excel in terms of mathematical elegance. But abstract beauty and logical appeal do not guarantee scientific validity. The illustrious late Richard Feynman, professor of physics at Caltech, made the same observation when he discussed the derivation of the law of gravitational potential energy from the "axiom" of conservation of energy. (See the above quote.) Fortunately for physicists, there is ample evidence that the law of gravitational potential energy is correct (to a certain degree). In contrast, there appears to be surprisingly little scientific support for even the most widely used financial model, namely, the CAPM. One can sympathize with E. Fama and K. French when they have recently begun to promote a pricing model that is based entirely on statistical regularities, even if it begs the question why it is more successful. To put this di#erently, asset pricing is paradoxical