University of Pennsylvania
Institutional Affiliation: University of Pennsylvania
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|February 2019||"Superstitious" Investors|
with Jessica A. Wachter: w25603
We consider an economy in which investors believe dividend growth is predictable, when in reality it is not. We show that these beliefs lead to excess volatility and return predictability. We also show that these beliefs are rational in the face of evidence on dividend growth. We apply this framework to explaining the value premium, predictability of bond returns, and the violation of uncovered interest rate parity.