Asset Return Dynamics Under Bad Environment-Good Environment Fundamentals

50 Pages Posted: 18 Mar 2011 Last revised: 29 Oct 2014

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Geert Bekaert

Columbia Business School - Finance and Economics

Eric Engstrom

U.S. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System - Division of Research and Statistics, Capital Markets

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Date Written: March 15, 2011

Abstract

We introduce a "bad environment-good environment" technology for consumption growth in a consumption-based asset pricing model. Using the preference structure from Campbell and Cochrane (1999), the model generates realistic time-varying volatility, skewness and kurtosis in fundamentals while still permitting closed-form solutions for asset prices. The model not only fits standard salient asset prices features including means and volatilities for equity returns and risk free rates, but also generates a realistic variance premium and option prices.

Keywords: Equity Premium, Variance Premium, Countercyclical Risk Aversion, Economic Uncertainty, Dividend Yield, Return Predictability

JEL Classification: G12, G15, E44

Suggested Citation

Bekaert, Geert and Engstrom, Eric C., Asset Return Dynamics Under Bad Environment-Good Environment Fundamentals (March 15, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1787679 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1787679

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