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A Unifying Approach to the Empirical Evaluation of Asset Pricing Models

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  • Francisco Peñaranda
  • Enrique Sentana

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Two main approaches are commonly used to empirically evaluate linear factor pricing models: regression and SDF methods, with centred and uncentred versions of the latter. We show that unlike standard two-step or iterated GMM procedures, single-step estimators such as continuously updated GMM yield numerically identical values for prices of risk, pricing errors, Jensens alphas and overidentifying restrictions tests irrespective of the model validity. Therefore, there is arguably a single approach regardless of the factors being traded or not, or the use of excess or gross returns. We illustrate our results by revisiting Lustig and Verdelhans (2007).

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Paper provided by Barcelona Graduate School of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 488.

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Keywords: CU-GMM; Factor pricing models; Forward premium puzzle; Generalised Empirical Likelihood; Stochastic discount factor;

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  1. Peñaranda, Francisco & Sentana, Enrique, 2004. "Spanning Tests in Return and Stochastic Discount Factor Mean Variance Frontiers: A Unifying Approach," CEPR Discussion Papers 4422, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.

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