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Creative destruction and asset prices

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  • Grammig, Joachim
  • Jank, Stephan

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We relate Schumpeter's notion of creative destruction to asset pricing, thereby offering a novel explanation of size and value premia. We argue that small-value firms are more likely to be destroyed by serendipitous invention activity, and investors demand higher expected returns for bearing that risk. Large-growth stocks provide protection against creative destruction, so they receive expected return discounts. An ICAPM that accounts for creative destruction risk explains a considerable part of the cross-sectional return variation of size- and book-to-market-sorted portfolios. The estimated risk compensations associated with creative destruction are economically and statistically significant.

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  • Grammig, Joachim & Jank, Stephan, 2013. "Creative destruction and asset prices," University of Tuebingen Working Papers in Economics and Finance 61, University of Tuebingen, Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences.
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    1. Jank, Stephan, 2015. "Specialized human capital, unemployment risk, and the value premium," Annual Conference 2015 (Muenster): Economic Development - Theory and Policy 113214, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.
    2. Daniel Andrei & Bruce I. Carlin, 2017. "Asset Pricing in the Quest for the New El Dorado," NBER Working Papers 23455, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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    Creative destruction; Asset prices; Size premium; Invention activity;

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    • G10 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)
    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates

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