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1 April 2017 Financial Analysts Journal Volume 73, Issue 2

How Do Investors Compute the Discount Rate? They Use the CAPM (Corrected June 2017)

  1. Jonathan B. Berk
  2. Jules H. van Binsbergen

We provide guidance to corporate managers and investors on how to select the discount rate when evaluating investment opportunities. When making corporate investment decisions on behalf of the equity investors in a firm, an obvious choice is to use the method that equity investors use in making their own investment decisions. We infer how investors compute the discount rate by looking at mutual fund investors’ capital allocation decisions. We find that investors adjust for risk by using the beta of the capital asset pricing model (CAPM). Extensions to the CAPM perform poorly, implying that investors do not use these models to compute discount rates.

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