International Evidence on the Stock Market and Aggregate Economic Activity
Posted: 14 Oct 1996
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Using the Johansen cointegration technique, we find empirical evidence of long run co-movements between five national stock market indexes and measures of aggregate real activity including the real oil price, real consumption, real money, and real output. Real returns on these indexes are typically related to transitory deviations from the long run relationship and to changes in the macroeconomic variables. Further, the constraints implied by the cointegration results yield some incremental information on stock return variation that is not already contained in dividend yields, interest rate spreads and future GNP growth rates.
JEL Classification: G12, G15, E2, E3, E4, E5, F15, F36
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