Does Money Explain Asset Returns? Theory and Empirical Analysis
Posted: 5 May 1998
A cash-in-advance model of a monetary economy is used to derive a money-based CAPM (M-CAPM) which allows us to implement tests of asset pricing restrictions without consumption data. A test a la Fama-MacBeth of the model suggests that the money betas have some explanatory power for the cross-sectional variation of expected returns; however, the model is rejected using conditional information. Consistent with our predictions, estimates of the curvature parameter are lower than those of the consumption CAPM (C-CAPM) and pricing errors of the M-CAPMtend to be smaller than those of the C-CAPM.
JEL Classification: G12, E44
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