Equity Premium Prediction: The Role of Economic and Statistical Constraints
32 Pages Posted: 17 Sep 2014 Last revised: 23 Jul 2016
Date Written: July 22, 2016
This paper shows that the equity premium is predictable out of sample when we use a predictive regression that conditions on a large set of economic fundamentals, subject to: (i) economic constraints on the sign of coefficients and return forecasts, and (ii) statistical constraints imposed by shrinkage estimation. Equity premium predictability delivers a certainty equivalent return of about 2.7% per year over the benchmark for a mean-variance investor. Our predictive framework outperforms a large group of competing models that also condition on economic fundamentals as well as models that condition on technical indicators.
Keywords: Equity Premium, Out-of-Sample Prediction, Economic Fundamentals, Technical Indicators, Shrinkage Estimation.
JEL Classification: G11, G14, G17
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