The Equity Premium: A Deeper Puzzle
Northwestern University; University of Chicago - Graham School of General Studies
August 31, 2013
Traditional pre-1929 consumption measures understate the extent of serial correlation in the U.S. annual real growth rate of per capita consumption of non-durables and services due to measurement limitations in the construction of their major components. Under alternative measures proposed in this study, the serial correlation of consumption growth is 0.42 for the 1899−2009, contrary to the estimate of −0.15 under the traditional measures. This new evidence implies that the class of economies studied by Mehra and Prescott  generates negative equity premium for reasonable risk aversion levels. Thus further exacerbating the equity premium puzzle.
Keywords: Persistence, Consumption Growth, Equity Premium Puzzle, Neoclassical Growth Model
JEL Classification: E32, E44, G11, G13
Date posted: June 23, 2007 ; Last revised: April 19, 2014
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