Skewness in Expected Macro Fundamentals and the Predictability of Equity Returns: Evidence and Theory
56 Pages Posted: 6 Dec 2012 Last revised: 22 Aug 2015
Date Written: August 22, 2015
We document that the first and third cross-sectional moments of the distribution of GDP growth rates made by professional forecasters can predict equity excess returns, a finding which is robust to controlling for a large set of well established predictive factors. We show that introducing time-varying skewness in the distribution of expected growth prospects in an otherwise standard endowment economy can substantially increase the model implied equity Sharpe ratios, and produce a large amount of fluctuation in equity risk premia.
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Keywords: Skewness, Consumption, Macro-Finance, Recursive Preferences
JEL Classification: C22, C58, G12
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