This book is an ambitious effort by three well-known and
well-respected scholars to fill an acknowledged void in the
literature—a text covering the burgeoning
field of empirical finance.
As the authors note in the preface, there are several excellent books
covering financial theory at a level suitable for a Ph.D. class or as
a reference for academics and practitioners, but there is little or
nothing similar that covers econometric methods and applications.
Perhaps the closest existing text is the recent addition to the Wiley
Series in Financial and Quantitative Analysis.
written by Cuthbertson
(1996). The major difference between the books is that Cuthbertson
focuses exclusively on asset pricing in the stock, bond, and foreign
exchange markets, whereas Campbell, Lo, and MacKinlay (henceforth CLM)
consider empirical applications throughout the field of finance,
including corporate finance, derivatives markets, and market
microstructure. The level of anticipation preceding publication
can be partly measured by the fact that at least three reviews
(including this one) have appeared since the book arrived. Moreover,
in their reviews, both Harvey (1998) and Tiso (1998) comment on the
need for such a text, a sentiment that has been echoed by numerous