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Should Benchmark Indices Have Alpha? Revisiting Performance Evaluation

Martijn Cremers, Antti Petajisto, Eric Zitzewitz

NBER Working Paper No. 18050
Issued in May 2012

---- Acknowledgements -----

We wish to thank Yakov Amihud, Nick Barberis, Lauren Cohen, Wayne Ferson, Ken French, John Griffin, Ilan Guedj, Ron Kaniel, Michael Lemmon, Jonathan Lewellen, Juhani Linnainmaa, Raj Mehra, Claudia Moise, Lubos Pastor, Christopher Polk, Tarun Ramadorai, Pedro Santa-Clara, Clemens Sialm, Laura Starks, Michael Stutzer, Paul Tetlock, Ivo Welch, and two anonymous referees for comments, as well as conference participants at AFA 2010 Annual Meeting, EFA 2009 Annual Meeting, FIRS 2009 Conference, FMA 2009 European Conference, London School of Economics, NBER Asset Pricing Meeting, Utah Winter Finance Conference, and seminar participants at AQR Capital, Arizona State University, Dartmouth College, Harvard Business School, Helsinki School of Economics, HKUST, INSEAD, Numeric Investors, NYU Stern, UC Irvine, University of Alabama, University of Amsterdam, University of Colorado, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, University of Michigan, University of Texas at Austin, University of Toronto, Wharton, and Yale School of Management. We also thank Frank Russell Co, Standard and Poor’s, Dow Jones Wilshire, and Morningstar for providing us with data. We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Q-Group, as well as the EFA Best Paper award of the Commonfund Institute, the FMA Europe Best Paper award, and the Roger F. Murray Prize of the Q-Group. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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