Horizon Effect in the Term Structure of Long-Run Risk-Return Trade-Offs
CSDA Annals of Computational and Financial Econometrics, Forthcoming
46 Pages Posted: 12 Jul 2014
Date Written: June 25, 2014
The horizon effect in the long-run predictive relationship between market excess return and historical market variance is investigated. To this end, the asymptotic multivariate distribution of the term structure of risk-return trade-offs is derived, accounting for short- and long-memory in the market variance dynamics. A rescaled Wald statistic is used to test whether the term structure of risk-return trade-offs is flat, that is, the risk-return slope coefficients are equal across horizons. When the regression model includes an intercept, the premise of a flat term structure of risk-return relationships is rejected. In contrast, there is no significant statistical evidence against the equality of slope coefficients from constrained risk-return regressions estimated at different horizons. A smoothed cross-horizon estimate is then proposed for the trade-off intensity at the market level. The findings underscore the importance of economically motivated restrictions to improve the estimation of intertemporal asset pricing models.
Keywords: Horizon effect, Stock return predictability, Realized variance, Short-memory, Long-memory
JEL Classification: G12
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