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Asset Pricing, Habit Memory, and the Labor Market

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  • Ivan Jaccard

    (The Wharton School)

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The main contribution of this study is to develop a dynamic general equilibrium model linking financial markets to the real economy. In search of a unified framework, this study finds that a model with internal habit memory is able to generate asset pricing and business cycle predictions that are strongly supported by the data. In comparison to solutions present in the literature, the equity premium puzzle can be resolved in a model also able to explain the dynamics of hours worked and real wages. In addition, the proposed mechanism avoids the generation of excessive risk-free rate variations and amplifies the effects of technology shocks.

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Paper provided by Swiss Finance Institute in its series Swiss Finance Institute Research Paper Series with number 07-23.

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Length: 39 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2007
Date of revision: Nov 2007
Handle: RePEc:chf:rpseri:rp0723

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Keywords: business cycle; equity premium puzzle; adjustment costs; habit formation; labor market.;

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  1. Ivan Jaccard, 2010. "Asset Pricing and Housing Supply in a Production Economy," 2010 Meeting Papers 605, Society for Economic Dynamics.
  2. Francois Gourio, 2012. "Credit risk and disaster risk," Working Paper Series WP-2012-07, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
  3. François Gourio, 2009. "Disasters Risk and Business Cycles," NBER Working Papers 15399, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  4. Jaccard Ivan, 2011. "Asset Pricing and Housing Supply in a Production Economy," The B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics, De Gruyter, vol. 11(1), pages 1-40, October.
  5. Christoffel, Kai & Jaccard, Ivan & Kilponen, Juha, 2011. "Government bond risk premia and the cyclicality of fiscal policy," Working Paper Series 1411, European Central Bank.
  6. Borenstein, Eliezer & Elkayam, David, 2013. "The equity premium in a small open economy, and an application to Israel," MPRA Paper 43909, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  7. Peter A. Schmid, 2013. "The destabilizing effect of company income taxation," Society and Economy, Akadémiai Kiadó, Hungary, vol. 35(3), pages 365-388, September.
  8. Gourio, François, 2012. "Macroeconomic implications of time-varying risk premia," Working Paper Series 1463, European Central Bank.

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