Finance Seminar: Sydney Ludvingston

May 23, 2019

12:45 p.m.



Joint with UCLouvain Economics Seminar

How the Wealth Was Won: Factor Shares as Market Fundamentals

Sydney Ludvingston, New York University

We provide novel evidence on the driving forces behind the sharp increase in equity values over the post-war era. From the beginning of 1989 to the end of 2017, 23 trillion dollars of real equity wealth was created by the non financial corporate sector. We estimate that 54% of this increase was attributable to a reallocation of rents to shareholders in a decelerating economy. Economic growth accounts for just 24%, followed by lower interest rates (11%) and a lower risk premium (11%). From 1952 to 1988 less than half as much wealth was created, but economic growth accounted for 92% of it.

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