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Global Asset Pricing: Is There a Role for Long-run Consumption Risk?

  • Jesper Rangvid

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    (Copenhagen Business School)

  • Maik Schmeling

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    (Department of Economics, Leibniz University Hannover)

  • Andreas Schrimpf

    ()

    (School of Economics and Management and CREATES)

We estimate long-run consumption-based asset pricing models using a comprehensive set of international test assets, including broad equity market portfolios, international value/growth portfolios, and international bond portfolios. We find that differences in returns across assets within a country are sometimes (and most prominently for the U.S.) better captured by the assets' exposure to long-run consumption risk as opposed to their exposure to one-period changes in consumption (the canonical consumption CAPM). Across countries, however, exposure to long-run consumption risk does not provide a better fit than the canonical consumption CAPM. Thus, when characterizing the cross-country distribution of returns, long-run consumption risk does not seem to play any particular role, even if long-run risk is important for explaining the cross section of expected returns in the U.S. Furthermore, we show that consumption growth is more predictable over short to medium-run horizons than over longer horizons and that empirical evidence of a declining risk aversion parameter estimate in long-run risk models has to be interpreted with care.

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Paper provided by School of Economics and Management, University of Aarhus in its series CREATES Research Papers with number 2009-57.

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Date of creation: 01 Nov 2009
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