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Discounting The Equity Premium Puzzle

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  • Vance Martin
  • G.C. Lim
  • Esfandiar Maasoumi

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This paper applies recent tests of stochastic dominance of several orders proposed by Linton, Maasoumi and Whang (2003) to reexamine the equity premium puzzle. An advantage of this nonparametric framework is that it provides a means to assess whether the existence of a premium is due to an incorrect choice of either the utility function or the underlying returns distribution. The approach is applied to a range of data sets including the S&P500

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  • Vance Martin & G.C. Lim & Esfandiar Maasoumi, 2004. "Discounting The Equity Premium Puzzle," Econometric Society 2004 Australasian Meetings 331, Econometric Society.
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    Keywords

    Equity premium puzzle; stochastic dominance; nonparametric; subsampling.;

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    • C14 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Semiparametric and Nonparametric Methods: General
    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates

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