Is the Stock Market Overvalued?

41 Pages Posted: 14 Jan 2001 Last revised: 20 Oct 2010

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Ellen R. McGrattan

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis - Research Department; University of Minnesota - Twin Cities; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Edward C. Prescott

Arizona State University (ASU) - Economics Department; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: January 2001

Abstract

The value of U.S. corporate equities in the first half of 2000 was close to 1.8 times U.S. gross national income. Some stock market analysts have argued that the market is overvalued at this level. We use standard economic theory and find that the market is correctly valued. In theory, the market value of equity plus debt liabilities should equal the value of productive assets plus debt assets. Since the net value of debt is currently low, the market value of equity should be approximately equal to the market value of productive assets. We find that the market value of productive assets is roughly 1.8 GNPs and is therefore in line with the market value of equity.

Suggested Citation

McGrattan, Ellen R. and Prescott, Edward C., Is the Stock Market Overvalued? (January 2001). NBER Working Paper No. w8077, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=256083

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Edward C. Prescott

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