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Cyclical Asset Returns in the Consumption and Investment Goods Sector

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  • Burkhard Heer
  • Alfred Maussner
  • Bernd Süssmuth

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We document the empirical fact that asset prices in the consumption-goods and investment-goods sector behave almost identically in the US economy. In order to derive the cyclical behavior of the equity returns in these two sectors, we consider a standard two-sector real-business cycle model with habit formation and sector-specific adjustment costs of capital. The model is able to replicate the equity premium and the Sharpe values observed empirically. In addition, we are able to match the empirical fact that equity returns in the two sectors are not correlated with output.

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  • Burkhard Heer & Alfred Maussner & Bernd Süssmuth, 2013. "Cyclical Asset Returns in the Consumption and Investment Goods Sector," CESifo Working Paper Series 4364, CESifo Group Munich.
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    Keywords

    asset prices; business cycles; equity premium; investment sector; consumption sector;

    JEL classification:

    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates
    • C63 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Computational Techniques
    • E22 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Investment; Capital; Intangible Capital; Capacity
    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles

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