Data Snooping in Equity Premium Prediction
49 Pages Posted: 22 May 2017 Last revised: 11 Dec 2019
Date Written: November 24, 2019
We analyze the performance of a comprehensive set of equity premium forecasting strategies. All strategies were found to outperform the mean in previous academic publications. However, using a multiple testing framework to account for data snooping, our findings support Welch and Goyal (2008) in that almost all equity premium forecasts fail to beat the mean out-of-sample. Only few forecasting strategies that are based on Ferreira and Santa-Clara’s (2011) “sum-of-the-parts” approach generate robust and statistically significant economic gains relative to the historical mean even after controlling for data snooping and accounting for transaction costs.
Keywords: Equity risk premium prediction, data snooping bias
JEL Classification: G11, G12, G14
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