Predictive Regressions: A Present-Value Approach
48 Pages Posted: 4 Mar 2007 Last revised: 15 Sep 2013
Date Written: January 12, 2009
We propose a latent-variables approach within a present-value model to estimate the expected returns and expected dividend growth rates of the aggregate stock market. This approach aggregates information contained in the whole history of the price-dividend ratio and dividend growth rates to obtain predictors for future returns and dividend growth rates. We find that both returns and dividend growth rates are predictable with R-squared values ranging from 8.2-8.9 percent for returns and 13.9-31.6 percent for dividend growth rates. Both expected returns and expected dividend growth rates have a persistent component, but expected returns are more persistent than expected dividend growth rates.
Keywords: predictive regressions, present-value models
JEL Classification: G12, C32
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