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Asset pricing with limited risk sharing and heterogeneous agents

Gomes, Francisco and Michaelides, Alexander (2008) Asset pricing with limited risk sharing and heterogeneous agents. The Review of Financial Studies, 21 (1). pp. 415-448. ISSN 0893-9454

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Abstract

We develop a model with incomplete markets and heterogeneous agents that generates a large equity premium, while simultaneously matching stock market participation and individual asset holdings. The high risk-premium is driven by incomplete risk sharing among stockholders, which results from the combination of aggregate uncertainty, borrowing constraints, and a (realistically) calibrated life-cycle earnings profile subject to idiosyncratic shocks. We show that it is challenging to simultaneously match asset pricing moments and individual portfolio decisions, while limited participation has a negligible impact on the risk-premium, contrary to the results of models where it is imposed exogenously.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://rfs.oxfordjournals.org
Additional Information: © 2007 the author
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Journal of Economic Literature Classification System: G - Financial Economics > G1 - General Financial Markets > G12 - Asset Pricing; Trading volume; Bond Interest Rates
G - Financial Economics > G1 - General Financial Markets > G11 - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
Sets: Research centres and groups > Financial Markets Group (FMG)
Collections > Economists Online
Departments > Economics
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Date Deposited: 12 May 2008 13:22
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/4820/

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