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Consumption Correlatedness and Risk Measurement in Economies with Non trade Assets and Heterogeneous Information


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  • Sanford J. Grossman
  • Robert J. Shiller


The consumption beta theorem of Breeden makes the expected return on any asset a function only of its covariance with changes in aggregate consumption. It is shown that the theorem is more robust than was indicated by Breeden. The theorem obtains even if one deletes Breeden's assumptions that (a) all risky assets are tradable, (b) investors have homogeneous beliefs, (c) other assets can be traded without transactions costs and (d) that all assets have returns which are Ito processes.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 0690.

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Date of creation: Jun 1981
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Publication status: published as Grossman, Sanford J. and Robert J. Shiller, "Consumption Correlatedness and Risk Measurement in Economies with Non-traded Assets and Heterogeneous Information." Journal of Financial Economics, Vol. 10, No. 2 (July 1982), pp. 195-210.
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  1. R. C. Merton, 1970. "Optimum Consumption and Portfolio Rules in a Continuous-time Model," Working papers, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Department of Economics 58, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Department of Economics.
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