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Generalized Fama proxy hypothesis: Impact of shocks on Phillips curve and relation of stock returns with inflation


  • Kryzanowski, Lawrence
  • Rahman, Abdul H.


A generalized version of Fama's proxy hypothesis identifies a downward bias in Phillips curve estimations. The (spurious) negative relation between real stock returns and inflation emerges if output rate fluctuations dominate cyclical component fluctuations of a Lucas-type Phillips curve.

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  • Kryzanowski, Lawrence & Rahman, Abdul H., 2009. "Generalized Fama proxy hypothesis: Impact of shocks on Phillips curve and relation of stock returns with inflation," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 103(3), pages 135-137, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:103:y:2009:i:3:p:135-137

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    1. Atilla Cifter, 2015. "Stock Returns, Inflation, and Real Activity in Developing Countries: A Markov-Switching Approach," Panoeconomicus, Savez ekonomista Vojvodine, Novi Sad, Serbia, vol. 62(1), pages 55-76, March.


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