Comparing Asset Pricing Models with Non-Traded Factors and Principal Components
74 Pages Posted: 23 Sep 2020
Date Written: August 6, 2020
This paper develops a Bayesian methodology to compare asset pricing models containing non-traded factors and principal components. Existing comparison procedures are inadequate when models include such factors due to estimation uncertainties in mimicking portfolios and return covariances. Furthermore, regressions of test assets on such factors are interdependent, rendering comparisons with recently proposed priors sensitive to subsets of the test assets. Thus, I derive novel, non-informative priors that deliver invariant inferences. Simulations suggest that my methodology substantially outperforms existing methods in identifying true non-traded models. I find that macroeconomic models dominate several, recent benchmark models with traded factors and principal components.
Keywords: Macroeconomic Factors, Principal Components, Novel Non-Informative Priors, Conditional Test Assets Irrelevance, Invariant Comparisons, Out-of-Sample Model Comparisons
JEL Classification: G12, G11, C11, C12, C52, C58
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