Term Structure of Risk in Expected Returns

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Irina Zviadadze

Stockholm School of Economics; Swedish House of Finance; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Date Written: December 2018


This article develops an empirical methodology to determine which economic shocks span risk in asset returns and fluctuations in discount rate and cash flow news. A theoretically motivated shock identification scheme in a present-value model identifies economic shocks. The choice of identifying restrictions is based on the properties of the term structure of risk in expected returns in the data and in equilibrium models. Empirically, I relate equity discount rate news and cash flow news to multiple sources of risk in the variance of consumption growth. Both types of news are almost equally important for the aggregate market risk.

Keywords: incremental expected dividend, incremental expected return, permanent and transient shocks

JEL Classification: C32, C52, G12

Suggested Citation

Zviadadze, Irina, Term Structure of Risk in Expected Returns (December 2018). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP13414. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3310332

Irina Zviadadze (Contact Author)

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