Long Run Risk: Is It There?
88 Pages Posted: 12 Apr 2015 Last revised: 20 Feb 2021
Date Written: February 1, 2021
This paper documents the existence of a persistent component in consumption growth. We take a novel approach using news coverage to capture investor concern about economic growth prospects. We provide evidence that consumption growth is highly predictable over long horizons – our measure explains between 23 and 38 percent of cumulative future consumption growth at the 5-year horizon and beyond. Furthermore, we show a strong connection between this predictability and asset prices. Innovations to our measure price 51 standard portfolios in the cross-section and our 1-factor model outperforms many benchmark macro- and return-based multi-factor models.
Keywords: Long Run Risk, News, Macroeconomy and Asset Prices, Factor Model, Consumption Growth
JEL Classification: E00, G12
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