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International Stock Return Predictability: On the Role of the United States in Bad and Good Times

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In this paper we document the asymmetric role that the U.S. stock market plays in the international predictability of excess stock returns during recession and expansion periods. Most of the positive evidence accrues during the periods of recessions in the United States. During the expansions there is only a limited evidence supporting the importance of lagged U.S. returns in predictability of stock returns in 10 industrialised countries.

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  • Boriss Siliverstovs, 2016. "International Stock Return Predictability: On the Role of the United States in Bad and Good Times," KOF Working papers 16-408, KOF Swiss Economic Institute, ETH Zurich.
  • Handle: RePEc:kof:wpskof:16-408
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