Industry Returns and the Fisher Effect

  • Author(s): JACOB BOUDOUKH, MATTHEW RICHARDSON, ROBERT F. WHITELAW
  • Published: Apr 30, 2012
  • Pages: 1595-1615
  • DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-6261.1994.tb04774.x

ABSTRACT

We investigate the cross‐sectional relation between industry‐sorted stock returns and expected inflation, and we find that this relation is linked to cyclical movements in industry output. Stock returns of noncyclical industries tend to covary positively with expected inflation, while the reverse holds for cyclical industries. From a theoretical perspective, we describe a model that captures both (i) the cross‐sectional variation in these relations across industries, and (ii) the negative and positive relation between stock returns and inflation at short and long horizons, respectively. The model is developed in an economic environment in which the spirit of the Fisher model is preserved.

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