Inflation and stock returns: An industry analysis

James VanderHoff, Mary VanderHoff

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Four hypotheses about the negative relationship between inflation and stock returns are analyzed with real returns in seven industries from 1968:4 to 1982:1. The tax and risk hypotheses predict that inflation effects will differ among firms. The alternative-asset and spurious-correlation hypotheses predict uniform inflation effects. The results support the spurious-correlation hypothesis; the negative inflation effect is insignificant in six of eight regressions when expected real income is added to regressions of real returns on expected inflation. The negative inflation effect is significantly related to depreciation expense in two industries, as predicted by the tax hypothesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)341-352
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Economics and Business
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1986

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Economics and Econometrics


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