83 Pages Posted: 12 Mar 2021 Last revised: 11 Nov 2021
Date Written: February 10, 2021
Using information in returns we identify the stochastic process of consumption – the crucial ingredient of most macro-finance models. We find that aggregate consumption reacts over multiple quarters to innovations spanned by financial markets, and this persistent component accounts for 26% of the consumption variation. These innovations drive most of the time series variation of equity returns and are priced in the cross-sections of both bonds and stocks. The data rejects the hypothesis that the stochastic volatility of consumption is proportional to market volatility, and that either of them is priced, posing a novel challenge for consumption-based asset pricing models.
Keywords: Consumption Dynamics, Asset Returns, Consumption-Based Asset Pricing, Term Structure
JEL Classification: E21, E27, G12, E43, C11
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