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On the Economic Impact of Modeling Non-Linearities: The Asset Pricing Example

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  • Prasad Bidarkota

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    (Department of Economics, Florida International University)

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We investigate the economic importance of modeling non-linearities in the dynamics of exogenous processes on the implied moments of endogenous variables in the context of the consumption-based asset pricing model. For this purpose, we model the endowment process alternatively as a linear autoregression and as a non-linear threshold autoregression. The asset pricing model with non-linear endowment is solved using quadrature techniques. A comparison of the moments of the model-implied rates of return in the two cases suggests that the economic impact of modeling non-linearities is less than 0.01 percent per annum.

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Paper provided by Florida International University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 0305.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2003
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Publication status: Forthcoming in Macroeconomic Dynamics
Handle: RePEc:fiu:wpaper:0305

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Keywords: asset pricing; rates of return; non-linearities; threshold autoregressions; numerical solutions;

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