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Sources of entropy in dynamic representative agent models

Backus, David, Chernov, Mikhail and Zin, Stanley (2014) Sources of entropy in dynamic representative agent models. Journal of Finance, 69 (1). pp. 51-99. ISSN 0022-1082

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Identification Number: 10.1111/jofi.12090


We propose two data-based performance measures for asset pricing models and apply them to models with recursive utility and habits. Excess returns on risky securities are reflected in the pricing kernel's dispersion and riskless bond yields are reflected in its dynamics. We measure dispersion with entropy and dynamics with horizon dependence, the difference between entropy over several periods and one. We compare their magnitudes to estimates derived from asset returns. This exercise reveals tension between a model's ability to generate one-period entropy, which should be large, and horizon dependence, which should be small.

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Additional Information: © 2013 the American Finance Association
Divisions: Finance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
JEL classification: E - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics > E4 - Money and Interest Rates > E44 - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy
G - Financial Economics > G1 - General Financial Markets > G12 - Asset Pricing; Trading volume; Bond Interest Rates
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2013 14:01
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2024 22:18

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