Does wage rigidity make firms riskier? Evidence from long-horizon return predictability

Jack Favilukis, Xiaoji Lin

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Abstract

The relationship between sticky wages and risk has important asset pricing implications. Like operating leverage, sticky wages are a source of risk for the firm. Firms, industries, regions, or times with especially high or rigid wages are especially risky. If wages are sticky, then wage growth should negatively forecast future stock returns because falling wages are associated with even bigger falls in output, and increases in operating leverage. Indeed, this is the case in aggregate, industry, and U.S. state level data. Furthermore, this relation is stronger in industries and U.S. states with higher wage rigidity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)80-95
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Monetary Economics
Volume78
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Operating leverage
  • Return predictability
  • Wage rigidity

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