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Substitution, Risk Aversion, Taste Shocks and Equity Premia

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  • Normandin, Michel
  • St-Amour, Pascal

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This paper investigates the testable restrictions on the time- series behavior of equity premia implied by a representative agent model whose state- and time-non-separable preferences are subject to taste shocks. The model nests state- and time-separable preferences with and without taste shocks as special cases. Empirically, the linearized Euler equations are estimated through Kalman filtering, allowing for conditional heteroscedasticity via a common factor GARCH process. With or without conditional heteroscedasticity, (i) the hypothesis that preferences are separable cannot be rejected, (ii) taste shocks influences are statistically significant, and (iii) taste shocks yield reasonable estimates of the coefficient of relative risk aversion. This last result occurs because taste shocks reproduce the large observed equity premium by shifting weight away from consumption risk in favor to taste risk.

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Paper provided by Université Laval - Département d'économique in its series Cahiers de recherche with number 9606.

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  1. Traeger, Christian P., 2011. "Interemporal Risk Aversion - or - Wouldn't it be Nice to Tell Whether Robinson Crusoe is Risk," Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Berkeley, Working Paper Series qt67d581xt, Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Berkeley.
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  3. Michel Normandin, 2003. "Canadian and U.S. Financial Markets: Testing the International Integration Hypothesis Under Time-Varying Conditional Volatility," Cahiers de recherche 03-08, HEC Montréal, Institut d'économie appliquée.
  4. Michel Normandin, 1999. "The Integration of Financial Markets and the Conduct of Monetary Policies: The Case of Canada and the United States," Cahiers de recherche CREFE / CREFE Working Papers 67, CREFE, Université du Québec à Montréal.
  5. Traeger, Christian P., 2012. "Why uncertainty matters - discounting under intertemporal risk aversion and ambiguity," Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Berkeley, Working Paper Series qt2w614303, Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Berkeley.
  6. Aude POMMERET & William T. SMITH, 2004. "Fertility, Volatility, and Growth," Cahiers de Recherches Economiques du Département d'Econométrie et d'Economie politique (DEEP) 04.08, Université de Lausanne, Faculté des HEC, DEEP.
  7. Femminis, Gianluca, 2008. "Risk-aversion and the investment-uncertainty relationship: The role of capital depreciation," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 65(3-4), pages 585-591, March.
  8. Noah Kaufman, 2012. "The bias of integrated assessment models that ignore climate catastrophes," Climatic Change, Springer, vol. 110(3), pages 575-595, February.
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  10. Qiang Dai & Olesya V. Grishchenko, 2011. "An empirical investigation of consumption-based asset pricing models with stochastic habit formation," Finance and Economics Discussion Series 2011-47, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.).
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  12. Albuquerque, Rui & Eichenbaum, Martin & Rebelo, Sérgio, 2012. "Valuation Risk and Asset Pricing," CEPR Discussion Papers 9262, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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  14. Minh Ha-Duong & Nicolas Treich, 1999. "Recursive Intergenerational Utility in Global Climate Risk Modeling," CIRANO Working Papers 99s-40, CIRANO.
  15. Michel Normandin, 2006. "The Effects of Monetary-Policy Shocks on Real Wages: A Multi-Country Investigation The Effects of Monetary-Policy Shocks on Real Wages: A Multi-Country Investigationv," Cahiers de recherche 06-04, HEC Montréal, Institut d'économie appliquée.

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