Evidence suggests the volatility of stock prices cannot be accounted for by information about future dividends. We argue that some of the volatility of stock prices in excess of fundamentals results from fluctuations in the amount of public information over time. Our model assumes that dividends and consumption are constant in the aggregate but that there are good firms and bad firms whose identity may be unknown to the public, as in Akerlof's “lemons” problem. In that case, the collective valuation of the constant dividend stream depends on the degree of informational asymmetry.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|State||Published - Apr 1994|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Business, Management and Accounting(all)
- Economics and Econometrics