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The Long-Run Equity Risk Premium

13 Pages Posted: 9 Sep 2005  

John R. Graham

Duke University; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Campbell R. Harvey

Duke University - Fuqua School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative

Date Written: September 9, 2005

Abstract

We present expectations of the equity risk premium measured over a 10-year horizon relative to a 10-year U.S. Treasury bond based on a survey of U.S. Chief Financial Officers (CFOs). This multi-year survey has been conducted each quarter from June 2000. Each quarter the survey also provides measures of cross-sectional disagreement about the risk premium, skewness, and a measure of individual uncertainty. The individual uncertainty is deduced from the 80% confidence interval that each respondent provides for his or her risk premium assessment. We also present evidence on the determinants of the long-run risk premium. Our analysis suggests that there is a positive correlation between the ex ante risk premium and real interest rates as reflected in Treasury Inflation Indexed Notes.

Keywords: Cost of capital, equity premium, long-term market returns, long-term equity returns, expected excess returns, disagreement, individual uncertainty, skewness, asymmetry, survey methods, risk and reward

JEL Classification: G11, G31, G12, G14

Suggested Citation

Graham, John R. and Harvey, Campbell R., The Long-Run Equity Risk Premium (September 9, 2005). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=795369 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.795369

John Robert Graham

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Campbell R. Harvey (Contact Author)

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