An Estimation of Economic Models with Recursive Preferences
AbstractThis paper presents estimates of key preference parameters of the Epstein and Zin (1989, 1991) and Weil (1989) (EZW) recursive utility model, evaluates the model's ability to fit asset return data relative to other asset pricing models, and investigates the implications of such estimates for the unobservable aggregate wealth return. Our empirical results indicate that the estimated relative risk aversion parameter ranges from 17-60, with higher values for aggregate consumption than for stockholder consumption, while the estimated elasticity of intertemporal substitution is above one. In addition, the estimated model-implied aggregate wealth return is found to be weakly correlated with the CRSP value-weighted stock market return, suggesting that the return to human wealth is negatively correlated with the aggregate stock market return.
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Date of creation: Jun 2011
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Publication status: published as “An Estimation of Recursive Preferences,” (with Jack Favilukis and Xiaohong Chen), in Quantitative Economics (forthcoming).
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- Sydney Ludvigson & Jack Favalukus & Xiaohong Chen, 2007. "An Estimation of Economic Models with Recursive Preferences," 2007 Meeting Papers, Society for Economic Dynamics 543, Society for Economic Dynamics.
- E21 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Consumption; Saving; Wealth
- G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2011-06-25 (All new papers)
- NEP-DGE-2011-06-25 (Dynamic General Equilibrium)
- NEP-MAC-2011-06-25 (Macroeconomics)
- NEP-UPT-2011-06-25 (Utility Models & Prospect Theory)
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- Ai, Chunrong & Chen, Xiaohong, 2007. "Estimation of possibly misspecified semiparametric conditional moment restriction models with different conditioning variables," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 141(1), pages 5-43, November.
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- About very large risk aversion estimates
by Economic Logician in Economic Logic on 2011-08-05 14:59:00
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