Government Spending Shocks and Asset Prices
39 Pages Posted: 25 Jun 2016 Last revised: 12 Feb 2021
Date Written: February 12, 2021
The effects of government spending on consumption growth and the cross-sectional pricing of stocks depend on the state of the economy when the shock occurs. During times of high economic growth, government spending shocks lead to a drop in future consumption. To compensate for consumption disruptions, fluctuation averse investors command a risk premium for government spending shocks during high growth periods. In contrast, during low growth periods, government spending shocks have no impact on consumption and asset prices. I show that the results are unlikely to be influenced by omitted variables or erroneous classification of economic states.
Keywords: government spending shock, DMC returns, two-state model, factor model
JEL Classification: G12, E62, N42
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