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"The Big Bang: Stock Market Capitalization in the Long Run"

Event details of CIFRA UvA Finance Seminars: Kaspar Zimmermann (University of Bonn)
Date 11 May 2021
Time 12:00 -13:15


New data show that advanced-economy market cap to GDP ratios were constant between 1870 and 1990, tripled with a "big bang'' in the 1990s, and remained high thereafter. The key driver of this structural break was a profit shift towards listed firms. The share of listed firms’ profits in both GDP and capital income has more than doubled since 1990, reaching its highest levels in the last 145 years. We further show that this profit shift was amplified by historically low equity discount rates, and that equity issuance made no contribution to the increase in market cap to GDP ratios.

This seminar will be organised via Zoom. If you are interested in joining this seminar, please send an email to the secretariat of the Finance Group.