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What is the chance that the equity premium varies over time? evidence from predictive regressions

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  • Missaka Warusawitharana
  • Jessica A. Wachter

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We examine the evidence on excess stock return predictability in a Bayesian setting in which the investor faces uncertainty about both the existence and strength of predictability. Departing from previous studies, we allow the regressor to be stochastic. When we apply our methods to the dividend-price ratio and payout yield, we find that even investors who are quite skeptical about the existence of predictability sharply modify their views in favor of predictability when confronted by the historical time series of returns and predictor variables. We find that taking into account the stochastic properties of the regressor has a substantial impact on the investor's inference about returns.

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  • Missaka Warusawitharana & Jessica A. Wachter, 2009. "What is the chance that the equity premium varies over time? evidence from predictive regressions," Finance and Economics Discussion Series 2009-26, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.).
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedgfe:2009-26
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    1. Jessica A. Wachter, 2010. "Asset Allocation," Annual Review of Financial Economics, Annual Reviews, vol. 2(1), pages 175-206, December.
    2. Missaka Warusawitharana, 2011. "The expected real return to equity," Finance and Economics Discussion Series 2011-14, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.).
    3. repec:wsi:qjfxxx:v:02:y:2012:i:03:n:s2010139212500127 is not listed on IDEAS

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