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Heterogeneity in Stock Pricing: A STAR Model with Multivariate Transition Functions

Lof, Matthijs (2010): Heterogeneity in Stock Pricing: A STAR Model with Multivariate Transition Functions.

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Abstract

Stock prices often diverge from measures of fundamental value, which simple present value models fail to explain. This paper tries to find causes for these long-run price movements and their persistence by estimating a STAR model for the price-earnings ratio of the S&P500 index for 1961Q1 - 2009Q3, with a transition function that depends on a wider set of exogenous or predetermined transition variables. Several economic, monetary and financial variables, as well as linear combinations of these, are found to have nonlinear effects on stock prices. A two-step estimation procedure is proposed to select the transition variables and estimate their weights. This STAR model can be interpreted as a heterogeneous agent asset pricing model that makes a distinction between chartists and fundamentalists, where the set of transition variables is included in the agents’ information set.

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