Creative Destruction and Asset Prices

Forthcoming Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis

54 Pages Posted: 19 Mar 2011 Last revised: 31 Jan 2015

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Joachim Grammig

University of Tübingen

Stephan Jank

Deutsche Bundesbank

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Date Written: January 31, 2015


We relate Schumpeter's notion of creative destruction to asset pricing, thereby offering a novel explanation of size and value premia. We argue that small-value firms must offer higher expected returns to compensate for the risk posed by serendipitous invention activity, whereas large-growth stocks provide protection against creative destruction and receive expected return discounts. A two-factor model that accounts for creative destruction risk effectively explains the cross-sectional return variation of size and book-to-market sorted portfolios. The estimated risk compensations associated with creative destruction are substantial and statistically significant, indicating their relevance for asset pricing.

Keywords: creative destruction, asset prices, size premium, size premium, invention activity

JEL Classification: G10, G12

Suggested Citation

Grammig, Joachim and Jank, Stephan, Creative Destruction and Asset Prices (January 31, 2015). Forthcoming Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Available at SSRN: or

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