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Mean Reversion in Equilibrium Asset Prices

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  • Stephen G. Cecchetti
  • Pok-sang Lam
  • Nelson C. Mark

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Recent empirical studies have found that stock returns contain substantial negative serial correlation at long horizons. We examine this finding with a series of Monte Carlo simulations in order to demonstrate that it is consistent with an equilibrium model of asset pricing. When investors display only a moderate degree of risk aversion, commonly used measures of mean reversion in stock prices calculated from actual returns data nearly always lie within a 60 percent confidence interval of the median of the Monte Carlo distributions. From this evidence, we conclude that the degree of serial correlation in the data could plausibly have been generated by our model.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 2762.

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Date of creation: Jul 1990
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Publication status: published as American Economic Review, Vol. 80, No. 3, pp. 398-418, (June 1990).
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