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Habit Persistence And Asset Returns In An Exchange Economy

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  • BOLDRIN, MICHELE
  • CHRISTIANO, LAWRENCE J.
  • FISHER, JONAS D.M.

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We examine asset prices and returns in the context of a pureexchange economy. Our purpose is to identify the key channels by which changes in preferences affect the equity premium and the risk-free rate and to develop intuition that is useful for understanding asset pricing in more complicatedeconomies. Our analysis suggests that capital gains play a crucial role ingenerating empirically plausible mean equity premia.

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Article provided by Cambridge University Press in its journal Macroeconomic Dynamics.

Volume (Year): 1 (1997)
Issue (Month): 02 (June)
Pages: 312-332

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Handle: RePEc:cup:macdyn:v:1:y:1997:i:02:p:312-332_00

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