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Risk Premia and Variance Bounds

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  • Balduzzi, Pierluigi
  • Kallal, Hedi

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If a pricing kernel assigns a premium to a risk variable that differs from the one assigned by the minimum-variance admissible kernel, then the pricing kernel must exhibit more variability than the minimum-variance kernel. Based on this intuition, the authors derive a variance bound that is more stringent than that of Lars Peter Hansen and Ravi Jagannathan (1991). When the authors apply their bound to the kernel of a representative consumer with power utility, they find that the consumption risk premium increases the severity of the 'equity-premium puzzle' of Rajnish Mehra and Edward C. Prescott (1985). Copyright 1997 by American Finance Association.

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Article provided by American Finance Association in its journal Journal of Finance.

Volume (Year): 52 (1997)
Issue (Month): 5 (December)
Pages: 1913-49

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Handle: RePEc:bla:jfinan:v:52:y:1997:i:5:p:1913-49

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  2. Goorbergh, R.W.J. van den & Roon, F.A. de & Werker, B.J.M., 2003. "Economic Hedging Portfolios," Discussion Paper 2003-102, Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research.
  3. Bakshi, Gurdip & Chabi-Yo, Fousseni, 2012. "Variance bounds on the permanent and transitory components of stochastic discount factors," Journal of Financial Economics, Elsevier, vol. 105(1), pages 191-208.
  4. Bakshi, Gurdip & Chabi-Yo, Fousseni, 2011. "Variance Bounds on the Permanent and Transitory Components of Stochastic Discount Factors," Working Paper Series 2011-11, Ohio State University, Charles A. Dice Center for Research in Financial Economics.
  5. Nijman, T.E. & Roon, F.A. de, 2001. "Testing for mean-variance spanning: A survey," Open Access publications from Tilburg University urn:nbn:nl:ui:12-87531, Tilburg University.
  6. Pierluigi Balduzzi & Cesare Robotti, 2005. "Asset-pricing models and economic risk premia: a decomposition," Working Paper 2005-13, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.
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  9. Raymond Kan & Cesare Robotti, 2006. "Specification tests of asset pricing models using excess returns," Working Paper 2006-10, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.
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