Sydney C. Ludvigson, New York University. "How the Wealth Was Won: Factor Shares as Market Fundamentals"
Department seminar. Sydney C. Ludvigson is Professor of Economics at New York University. She will present the paper: "How the Wealth Was Won: Factor Shares as Market Fundamentals"
Sydney C. Ludvigson
Why do stocks rise and fall? From 1989 to 2017, $34 trillion of real equity wealth (2017:Q4 dollars) was created by the U.S. corporate sector. We estimate that 44% of this increase was attributable to a reallocation of rewards to shareholders in a decelerating economy, primarily at the expense of labor compensation. Economic growth accounted for just 25%, followed by a lower risk price (18%), and lower interest rates (14%). The period 1952 to 1988 experienced less than one third of the growth in market equity, but economic growth accounted for more than 100% of it.