The Investor Recognition Hypothesis in a Dynamic General Equilibrium: Theory and Evidence
Posted: 17 May 2001
This article analyzes a dynamic general equilibrium under a generalization of Merton's (1987) investor recognition hypothesis. A class of informationally constrained investors is assumed to implement only a particular trading strategy. The model implies that, all else equal, a risk premium on a less visible stock need not be higher than that on a more visible stock with a lower volatility - contrary to results derived in a static mean-variance setting. A consumption-based capital asset pricing model augmented by the generalized investor recognition hypothesis emerges as a viable contender for explaining the cross-sectional variation in unconditional expected equity returns.
Keywords: Investor recognition, asset pricing, portfolio constraints, risk premia, consumption, cross section of returns
JEL Classification: G12, G23, D51, D52
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