Consumption Strikes Back?: Measuring Long-Run Risk
Lars Peter Hansen
University of Chicago - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
University of Chicago - Finance
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
NBER Working Paper No. w11476
We characterize and measure a long-run risk return tradeoff for the valuation of financial cash flows that are exposed to fluctuations in macroeconomic growth. This tradeoff features components of financial cash flows that are only realized far into the future but are still reflected in current asset values. We use the recursive utility model with empirical inputs from vector autoregressions to quantify this relationship; and we study the long-run risk differences in aggregate securities and in portfolios constructed based on the ratio of book equity to market equity. Finally, we explore the resulting measurement challenges and the implied sensitivity to alternative specifications of stochastic growth.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 56working papers series
Date posted: August 9, 2005
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