Firm Networks and Asset Returns

80 Pages Posted: 21 Feb 2017 Last revised: 29 Apr 2020

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Carlos A. Ramírez

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Date Written: January, 2017


This paper argues that changes in the propagation of idiosyncratic shocks along firm networks are important to understanding variations in asset returns. When calibrated to match key features of supplier-customer networks in the United States, an equilibrium model in which investors have recursive preferences and firms are interlinked via enduring relationships generates long-run consumption risks. Additionally, the model matches cross-sectional patterns of portfolio returns sorted by network centrality, a feature unaccounted for by standard asset pricing models.

JEL Classification: C02, C6, D53, E32, G12, L10

Suggested Citation

Ramírez, Carlos, Firm Networks and Asset Returns (January, 2017). FEDS Working Paper No. 2017-14, Available at SSRN: or

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