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Solving the Price-Earnings Puzzle

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Accounting and finance professionals have empirically known that in the long run stock prices are roughly proportional to earnings. However, econometric testing could not been able to verify this expected contribution of earnings to stock prices, thus formed the price-earnings (PE) puzzle in the accounting literature. This paper seeks to solve this puzzle by allowing the earnings response coefficient to be a variable instead of a constant, and shows that the PE puzzle turns out to be a phenomenon of type I spurious regression in econometrics.

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Paper provided by Finance Discipline Group, UTS Business School, University of Technology, Sydney in its series Working Paper Series with number 116.

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Date of creation: 01 Apr 2002
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Handle: RePEc:uts:wpaper:116

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Keywords: price (return)-earnings relation; earnings response coefficient; type I spurious regresssion;

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  1. Carl Chiarella & S. Gao, 2002. "Modelling the Value of the S&P 500 - A System Dynamics Perspective," Working Paper Series 115, Finance Discipline Group, UTS Business School, University of Technology, Sydney.
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  1. Carl Chiarella & S. Gao, 2002. "Type I Spurious Regression in Econometrics," Working Paper Series 114, Finance Discipline Group, UTS Business School, University of Technology, Sydney.
  2. Carl Chiarella & S. Gao, 2002. "Modelling the Value of the S&P 500 - A System Dynamics Perspective," Working Paper Series 115, Finance Discipline Group, UTS Business School, University of Technology, Sydney.

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