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The equity premium and the risk free rate: A cross country, cross maturity examination

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  • Fabio Canova
  • Gianni De Nicolo

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This paper examines the relationship between the equity premium and the risk free rate at three different maturities using post 1973 data for a panel of 7 OECD countries. We show the existence of subsample instabilities, of some cross country differences and of inconsistencies with the expectations theory of the term structure. We perform simulations using a standard consumption based CAPM model and demonstrate that the basic features of Mehra and Prescott's (1985) puzzle remain, regardless of the time period, the investment maturity and the country considered. Modifications of the basic setup are also considered.

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  • Fabio Canova & Gianni De Nicolo, 1995. "The equity premium and the risk free rate: A cross country, cross maturity examination," Economics Working Papers 136, Department of Economics and Business, Universitat Pompeu Fabra.
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    1. Cysne, Rubens Penha, 2005. "Equity-premium puzzle: evidence from Brazilian data," FGV/EPGE Economics Working Papers (Ensaios Economicos da EPGE) 586, FGV/EPGE - Escola Brasileira de Economia e Finanças, Getulio Vargas Foundation (Brazil).
    2. Fabio Canova & Eva Ortega, 1996. "Testing calibrated general equilibrium models," Economics Working Papers 166, Department of Economics and Business, Universitat Pompeu Fabra.

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    • C15 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Statistical Simulation Methods: General
    • E43 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Interest Rates: Determination, Term Structure, and Effects
    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates

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