Rational Learning and the Term Structures of Value and Growth Risk Premia
51 Pages Posted: 2 Jun 2020
Date Written: June 1, 2020
This paper studies the impact of information processing and rational learning about economic fundamentals on the level and timing of risk premium in the cross-section of firms. Learning helps explain the level of the value premium, and why the term structure of risk premium is increasing for value firms and decreasing for growth firms. Moreover, learning yields an upward-sloping term structure of interest rates and a downward-sloping term structure of market risk premium, whereas the full information economy predicts the opposite shapes. Therefore, rational learning helps understand the level and timing of expected returns observed in the cross-section of risky and risk-free assets.
Keywords: Asset Pricing, Rational Learning, Term Structures, Value and Growth Firms
JEL Classification: D51, D53, D83, G12
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