How the Wealth Was Won: Factors Shares as Market Fundamentals

64 Pages Posted: 22 Apr 2019

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Daniel Greenwald

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Sloan School of Management

Martin Lettau

University of California - Haas School of Business; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Sydney C. Ludvigson

New York University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: April 2019

Abstract

Why do stocks rise and fall? From the beginning of 1989 to the end of 2017, $34 trillion of real equity wealth (2017:Q4 dollars) was created by the U.S. corporate sector. We estimate that 43% of this increase was attributable to a reallocation of rewards to shareholders in a decelerating economy, virtually all of which came at the expense of labor compensation. Economic growth accounted for just 25%, followed by a lower risk premium (24%), and lower interest rates (8%). From 1952 to 1988 less than half as much wealth was created, but economic growth accounted for more than 100% of it.

Suggested Citation

Greenwald, Daniel and Lettau, Martin and Ludvigson, Sydney C., How the Wealth Was Won: Factors Shares as Market Fundamentals (April 2019). NBER Working Paper No. w25769, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3375822

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