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A century of equity premium predictability and the consumption-wealth ratio: An international perspective

  • Della Corte, Pasquale
  • Sarno, Lucio
  • Valente, Giorgio

This paper re-examines the predictive ability of the consumption-wealth ratio (cay) on the equity premium using hand-collected annual data spanning one century for four major economies. In addition to statistical tests of out-of-sample forecast accuracy, we measure the economic value of the predictive information in cay in a stylized asset allocation strategy. We find that cay does not contain predictive power prior to World War II, when a structural break occurs for all countries. In the postwar period, while statistical tests provide mixed evidence, economic criteria uncover substantial predictive power in cay, further enhanced when allowing for economically meaningful restrictions.

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Volume (Year): 17 (2010)
Issue (Month): 3 (June)
Pages: 313-331

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