The Fama-DFA Prize is an annual prize given to authors with the best capital markets and asset pricing research papers published in the Journal of Financial Economics. The award is named after Eugene Fama who is a co-founding advisory editor of the journal, a financial economist, a 2013 Nobel laureate in Economics, a finance professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and a research director for both the Dimensional Fund Advisors and the Center for Research in Securities Prices. Fama studied efficient markets in the efficient market hypothesis, which arose from his 1960 Ph.D. dissertation, The Behavior of Stock Market Prices. This dissertation led to publications on random walk hypothesis theory. He is said by some as the best known financial economist in the world. In the areas of portfolio theory and asset pricing the Three-factor model he developed with Kenneth French in "The Cross-Section of Expected Stock Returns." in the June 1992 Journal of Finance is sometimes used. The prize is also co-named for the investment advisory firm, Dimensional Fund Advisors.
Each year personal and student subscribers to the Journal of Financial Economics vote for the best paper in each of two categories after the journal's editorial office has enumerated all articles and assigned them to either the corporate finance and organizations area or the capital markets and asset pricing areas. Each subscriber may use one vote for each category. Currently the first prize in each category is $5,000 and the second prize is $2,500.
The following table is a complete list of past first and second place winners of the Fama-DFA Prize:
|2014||First||"Betting against beta"||Andrea Frazzini and Lasse H. Pedersen|
|2014||Second||"Limited partner performance and the maturing of the private equity industry"||Berk A. Sensoy, Yingdi Wang, and Michael S. Weisbach|1997|
|2013||First||"The other side of value: The gross profitability premium"||Robert Novy-Marx|
|2013||Second||"Anomalies and financial distress"||Doron Avramov, Tarun Chordia, Gergana Jostova, and Alexander Philipov|
|2013||Second||"Legislating stock prices"||Lauren Cohen, Karl Diether, and Christopher J. Malloy|
|2012||First||"Is momentum really momentum?"||Robert Novy-Marx|
|2012||Second||"Friends with money"||Joseph Engelberg, Pengjie Gao, and Christopher A. Parsons|
|2011||First||"Corporate bond default risk: A 150-year perspective"||Kay Giesecke, Francis A. Longstaff, Stephen Schaefer, and Ilya A. Strebulaev|
|2011||Second||"Do hedge funds trade on private information? Evidence from syndicated lending"||Nadia Massoud, Debarshi Nandy, Anthony Saunders, and Keke Song|
|2010||First||"The good news in short interest"||Ekkehart Boehmer, Zsuzsa R. Huszar, and Bradford Jordan|
|2010||Second||"A skeptical appraisal of asset-pricing tests"||Jonathan Lewellen, Stefan Nagel, and Jay Shanken|
|2009||First||"Why is PIN priced?"||Jefferson Duarte and Lance Young|
|2009||Second||"Do liquidity measures measure liquidity?"||Ruslan Y. Goyenko, Craig W. Holden, and Charles A. Trzcinka|
|2008||First||"Inter-firm linkages and the wealth effects of financial distress along the supply chain"||Michael G. Hertzel, Zhi Li, Micah S. Officer, and Kimberly J. Rodgers|
|2008||Second||"Venture capital investment cycles: the impact of public markets"||Paul Gompers, Anna Kovner, Josh Lerner, and David Scharfstein|
|2008||Second||"Dumb money: mutual fund flows and the cross-section of stock returns"||Andrea Frazzini and Owen A. Lamont|
|2007||First||"Laddering in initial public offerings"||Grace Qing Hao|
|2007||Second||"Does industry-wide distress affect defaulted firms? Evidence from creditor recoveries"||Viral V. Acharya, Sreedhar T. Bharath, and Anand Srinivasan|
|2007||Second||"Optimism and economic choice"||Manju Puri and David T. Robinson|
|2006||First||"The conditional CAPM does not explain asset-pricing anomalies"||Jonathan Lewellen and Stefan Nagel|
|2006||Second||"Was there a Nasdaq bubble in the last 1990s?"||Lubos Pastor and Pietro Veronesi|
|2006||Second||"The other January effect"||Michael J. Cooper, John J. McConnell, and Alexei V. Ovtcinnikov|
|2005||First||"Asset pricing with liquidity risk"||Viral V. Acharya and Lasse Heje Pedersen|
|2005||Second||"The risk and return of venture capital"||John H. Cochrane|
|2004||First||"Why are foreign firms listed in the U.S. worth more?"||Craig Doidge, G. Andrew Karolyi, and René M. Stulz|
|2004||Second||"New lists: Fundamentals and survival rates"||Eugene F. Fama and Kenneth R. French|
|2003||First||"The great reversals: The politics of financial development in the twentieth century"||Raghuram G. Rajan and Luigi Zingales|
|2003||Second||"A multivariate model of strategic asset allocation"||John Y. Campbell, Yeung Lewis Chan and Luis M. Viceira|
|2003||Second||"Voting with their feet: Institutional ownership changes around forced CEO turnover"||Robert Parrino, Richard W. Sias and Laura T. Starks|
|2002||First||"Breadth of ownership and stock returns"||Joseph Chen, Harrison Hong and Jeremy C. Stein|
|2002||Second||"Mutual fund performance and seemingly unrelated assets"||Lubos Pastor and Robert F. Stambaugh|
|2001||First||"Following the leader: a study of individual analysts' earnings forecasts"||Rick A. Cooper, Theodore E. Day and Craig M. Lewis|
|2001||Second||"Forecasting crashes: Trading volume, past returns and conditional skewness in stock prices"||Joseph Chen, Harrison Hong and Jeremy C. Stein|
|2000||First||"Commonality in liquidity"||Tarun Chordia, Richard Roll and Avanidhar Subrahmanyam|
|2000||Second||"Herding among security analysts"||Ivo Welch|
|1999||First||"Bank entry, competition, and the market for corporate securities underwriting"||Amar Gande, Manju Puri and Anthony Saunders|
|1999||Second||"Predictive regressions"||Robert F. Stambaugh|
|1998||First||"Market efficiency, long-term returns, and behavioral finance"||Eugene F. Fama|
|1998||Second||"Alternative factor specifications, security characteristics, and the cross-section of expected stock returns"||Michael J. Brennan, Tarun Chordia and Avanidhar Subrahmanyam|
|1998||Second||"An empirical analysis of NYSE specialist trading"||Ananth Madhavan and George Sofianos|
|1997||First||"Detecting long-run abnormal stock returns: The empirical power and specification of test statistics"||Brad M. Barber and John D. Lyon|
|1997||Second||"Analyzing investments whose histories differ in length"||Robert F. Stambaugh|
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