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Tax reform and financial markets

Conference Series ; [Proceedings] , Volume 29 , Pages 153-186

Journal Article
Should states restrict takeovers?

New England Economic Review , Issue Jul , Pages 13-21

Journal Article
Profits and stock prices: the importance of being earnest

While the prospect for equity values naturally concerns traders and investors, it also is a concern for public policy. Because investors wealth depends on the value of corporate equity, the demand for consumption goods can vary with the price of stocks. The valuation of corporations productive assets on stock exchanges also influences businesses willingness and ability to undertake new investments. If the falling price of stocks should retard the pace of capital formation in the future, it also would retard the potential growth of output and living standards. ; This article examines the ...
New England Economic Review , Issue Mar , Pages 26-44

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U.S economic performance: good fortune, bubble, or new era?

What accounts for the extraordinary performance of the U.S. economy in recent years? How is that we have been able to enjoy such strong economic growth and resulting low unemployment rates without an upturn in inflation? The author reviews the primary explanations offered for these unusually favorable circumstances - that the U.S. economy has been the beneficiary of temporary factors that have held down the inflation rate or that the U.S. economy has entered a new era of intensified competition and rising productivity growth in which inflation is less of a threat. She also discusses ...
New England Economic Review , Issue May , Pages 3-20

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Are stock returns different over weekends? a jump diffusion analysis of the \\"weekend effect\\"

The distribution of returns on common stocks is, arguably, one of the most widely studied financial market characteristics. The performance of stock prices during breaks in trading has received considerable attention in recent years, especially since the advent of "circuit breakers" designed to create stability when markets are chaotic. This study examines the distribution of daily returns on five popular stock price indices, with a special emphasis on the difference between returns over weekends and returns over adjacent intraweek trading days. The author revisits the "weekend ...
New England Economic Review , Issue Sep , Pages 3-19

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Primer on U.S. stock price indices

The measurement of the "average" price of common stocks is a matter of widespread interest. Investors want to know how "the market" is doing, and to be able to compare their returns with a meaningful benchmark. Money managers often have their compensation tied to performance, typically measured by comparing their results to a benchmark portfolio, so they and their clients are interested in the benchmark portfolio's returns. And policymakers want to judge the potential for sudden adjustments in stock prices when differences from "fundamental value emerge. ; This article discusses ...
New England Economic Review , Issue Nov , Pages 25-40

Journal Article
Tax reform and stock prices

New England Economic Review , Issue Mar , Pages 3-21

Journal Article
Has the stock market become too narrow?

The price of equity has soared during the past five years, stoking concerns that stocks' prices might have risen too far, too fast. These concerns became more pressing as the values of equities rose much more rapidly than earnings during 1998 and early 1999, lifting stocks' prices to record highs relative to their earnings. Although many indexes of stocks' prices continued to rise sharply in 1998 and 1999, fewer stocks contributed to this performance. The market became more narrow as the running count of stocks whose prices were rising fell behind that for stocks whose prices were dropping. ; ...
New England Economic Review , Issue Nov , Pages 31-43

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Stock prices and the equity premium during the recent bull and bear markets

After the sharp run-up in stock prices during the bull market of the late 1990s and their subsequent collapse in 20012002, the prices of equities as measured by the S&P 500 are once again uncommonly high relative to companies current and prospective earnings, causing some to question whether they are too high relative to the underlying value of the companies they represent. ; This paper compares the recent performance of the equities constituting the S&P 500 with their performance since the 1940s and then extends the familiar Gordon model of equity pricing to examine the contributions of the ...
New England Economic Review

Discussion Paper
The taxation of equity, dividends, and stock prices

The Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003 (JGTRRA) essentially halved the tax rate on dividends and reduced the top tax rate on capital gains. This paper explores the likely effect of JGTRRA on the composition of returns on corporations? common stock. Both larger corporations? past behavior and theory suggest that the recent tax cuts are not likely to increase dividend payouts significantly. Instead, in the short run, dividends will continue to rise in the customary way in response to the recovery in earnings. In the longer run, the tax cuts will principally reduce companies? ...
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