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The equity premium puzzle and decreasing relative risk aversion

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  • M. J. Roche

    (Economics, NUI Maynooth, Ireland)

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Agents are assumed to have a power risk aversion utility function in an otherwise standard asset pricing model. These preferences are shown to be capable of eliminating one version of the equity premium and risk free rate puzzles when they display decreasing relative risk aversion.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Finance and Accounting, National University of Ireland - Maynooth in its series Economics, Finance and Accounting Department Working Paper Series with number n1510205.

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Length: 10 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2005
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Handle: RePEc:may:mayecw:n1510205

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Keywords: asset pricing; equity premium; risk aversion;

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  1. Denis Conniffe, 2007. "Generalised Means of Simple Utility Functions with Risk Aversion," Economics, Finance and Accounting Department Working Paper Series n1790907.pdf, Department of Economics, Finance and Accounting, National University of Ireland - Maynooth.

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