Asset Pricing with Return Extrapolation
60 Pages Posted: 1 Oct 2017 Last revised: 29 Sep 2019
Date Written: September 28, 2019
We present a new model of asset prices in which the agent has Epstein-Zin preferences and extrapolative beliefs about stock market returns. Unlike earlier return extrapolation models, our model allows for a quantitative comparison with the data on asset prices and expectations. The model generates excess volatility and predictability of stock market returns, a high equity premium, a low and stable risk-free rate, a persistent price-dividend ratio, and a low correlation between stock market returns and consumption growth. Moreover, the agent's expectations about future returns depend positively on recent past returns, consistent with survey evidence on return expectations.
Keywords: Expectations, Return Extrapolation, Stock Market Movements
JEL Classification: G02, G12
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