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Labor Income And Predictable Stock Returns


Tano Santos


Columbia Business School; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Pietro Veronesi


University of Chicago - Booth School of Business; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

March 2001

CRSP Working Paper No. 520

Abstract:     
We propose and test a novel economic mechanism that generates stock return predictability on both the time series and the cross section. In our model, investors' income has two sources, wages and dividends, that grow stochastically over time. As a consequence, the fraction of total income produced by wages changes over time depending on economic conditions. We show that as this fraction fluctuates, the risk premium that investors require to hold stocks varies as well.

We test the main implications of the model and find substantial support for it. A regression of stock returns on lagged values of the labor income to consumption ratio produces statistically significant coefficients and adjusted R2?s that are larger than those generated when using the dividend price ratio. Tests of the cross sectional implication find considerable improvements on the performance of both the conditional CAPM and CCAPM when compared to their unconditional counterparts.

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JEL Classification: G12

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Date posted: August 22, 2000  

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Santos, Tano and Veronesi, Pietro, Labor Income And Predictable Stock Returns (March 2001). CRSP Working Paper No. 520. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=235007 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.235007

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Tano Santos (Contact Author)
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