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Equity Prices, Productivity Growth and 'The New Economy

  • Jakob B. Madsen

    (Institute of Economics, University of Copenhagen)

  • E. Philip Davis

    (Department of Economics and Finance, Brunel University)

The sharp increase in equity prices over the 1990s was widely attributed to permanently higher productivity growth derived from the New Economy. This paper establishes a rational expectations model of technology innovations and equity prices, which shows that under plausible assumptions, productivity advances can only have temporary effects on the fundamentals of equity prices. Using historical data on productivity of R&D capital, patent capital and fixed capital for 11 OECD countries, empirical evidence give strong support for the model by suggesting that technological innovations indeed have only temporary effects on equity returns.

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Paper provided by University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics. Finance Research Unit in its series FRU Working Papers with number 2004/11.

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Length: 42 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2004
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Handle: RePEc:kud:kuiefr:200411
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