31 Pages Posted: 9 Jan 2007 Last revised: 30 Sep 2010
Date Written: June 1992
This paper derives simple closed-form solutions for expected rates of return on stocks and riskless one-period bills under the assumption that shocks to the growth rates of consumption and dividends are generated by a Markov regime-switching process. These closed-form solutions are used to show that the Markov regime-switching process exacerbates the equity premium puzzle and the risk-free rate puzzle. Three empirical examples illustrate the magnitude of the effects of Markov regime switching on equilibrium expected returns.
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Abel, Andrew B., Exact Solutions for Expected Rates of Return Under Markov Regime Switching: Implications for the Equity Premium Puzzle (June 1992). NBER Working Paper No. w4110. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=476193