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Asset prices in a Huggett economy

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  • Krusell, Per
  • Mukoyama, Toshihiko
  • Smith Jr., Anthony A.

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This paper explores asset pricing in economies where there is no direct insurance against idiosyncratic risks but other assets can be used for self-insurance, subject to exogenously-imposed borrowing limits. We analyze an endowment economy, based on Huggett (1993) [11], both with and without aggregate risk. Our main innovation is that we obtain full analytical tractability by studying the case with "maximally tight" borrowing constraints. We illustrate by looking at riskless bonds, equity, and the term structure of interest rates, and we show that the model can reproduce many features of observed asset prices when idiosyncratic risks are quantitatively reasonable.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Economic Theory.

Volume (Year): 146 (2011)
Issue (Month): 3 (May)
Pages: 812-844

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jetheo:v:146:y:2011:i:3:p:812-844

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Keywords: Incomplete markets Asset prices Borrowing constraints Equity premium;

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  1. Challe, E. & Le Grand, F. & Ragot, X., 2010. "Incomplete markets, liquidation risk, and the term structure of interest rates," Working papers 301, Banque de France.
  2. Le Grand, F. & Ragot, X., 2010. "Prices and volumes of options: A simple theory of risk sharing when markets are incomplete," Working papers 302, Banque de France.
  3. Volker Tjaden & Ralph Lütticke & Lien Pham & Christian Bayer, 2013. "Household Income Risk, Nominal Frictions, and Incomplete Markets," 2013 Meeting Papers 1270, Society for Economic Dynamics.
  4. Cordoba, Juan Carlos & Liu, Xiying, 2014. "Altruism, Fertility and Risk," Staff General Research Papers 37481, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.
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