Consumption Volatility Risk
40 Pages Posted: 11 Feb 2009 Last revised: 18 Oct 2012
Date Written: October 17, 2012
We show that time-variation in macroeconomic uncertainty affects asset prices. Consumption volatility is a negatively priced source of risk for a wide variety of test assets. At the firm level, exposure to consumption volatility risk predicts future returns, generating a spread across quintile portfolios in excess of 7% annually. This premium is explained by cross-sectional differences in the sensitivity of dividend volatility to consumption volatility. Stocks with volatile cash flows in uncertain aggregate times require higher expected returns.
Keywords: Asset pricing, consumption volatility, cross section of returns, cash flow risk, recursive preferences.
JEL Classification: G12, G17, E44.
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