IFin Seminar, Sydney Ludvigson, NYU - "How the Wealth Was Won: Factor Shares as Market Fundamentals"

Institute of Finance

Date: 20 May 2019 / 12:25 - 13:40

Seminar Title: How the Wealth Was Won: Factor Shares as Market Fundamentals


Sydney Ludvigson, NYU

12:25 - 13:40

Room  A-11 (red building)

Lugano Campus



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 nonfinancial 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.