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The equity premium in 100 textbooks

Pablo Fernandez

No D/757, IESE Research Papers from IESE Business School

Abstract: I review 100 finance and valuation textbooks published between 1979 and 2008 by authors such as Brealey and Myers, Copeland, Damodaran, Merton, Ross, Bruner, Bodie, Penman, Weston, Brigham and Arzac and find that their recommendations regarding the equity premium range from 3% to 10%. I also find that several books use different equity premia on different pages. Some of the confusion arises from not distinguishing among the four concepts that the term equity premium designates: historical equity premium, expected equity premium, required equity premium and implied equity premium. Finance textbooks should clarify the equity premium by providing distinguishing definitions of these four concepts and conveying a clearer message about their sensible magnitudes.

Keywords: equity premium; equity premium puzzle; required market risk premium; historical market risk premium; expected market risk premium; risk premium; market risk premium; market premium (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G12 G31 G32 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 26 pages
Date: 2008-07-13
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cfn, nep-fmk and nep-upt
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