Wage Rigidity: A Solution to Several Asset Pricing Puzzles
London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)
Ohio State University (OSU) - Fisher College of Business
September 4, 2012
Fisher College of Business Working Paper No. 2012-03-016
Charles A. Dice Center Working Paper No. 2012-16
In standard models wages are too volatile and returns too smooth. We make wages sticky through infrequent resetting, resulting in both (i) smoother wages and (ii) volatile returns. Furthermore, the model produces other puzzling features of financial data: (iii) high Sharpe Ratios, (iv) low and smooth interest rates, (v) time-varying equity volatility and premium, and (vi) a value premium. In standard models, highly pro-cyclical and volatile wages are a hedge. The residual profit becomes unrealistically smooth, as do returns. Smoother wages act like operating leverage, making profits more risky. Bad times and unproductive firms are especially risky because committed wage payments are high relative to output.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 48
Keywords: Wage Rigidity, Equity Volatility, Equity Premium, General Equilibrium, Production-Based Asset Pricing, Value Premium
JEL Classification: E21, E23, E32, E44, G12working papers series
Date posted: September 5, 2012
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