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Asset Prices under Habit Formation and Catching up with the Joneses

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  • Andrew B. Abel

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This paper introduces a utility function that nests three classes of utility functions: (1) time-separable utility functions; (2) "catching up with the Joneses" utility functions that depend on the consumer's level of consumption relative to the lagged cross-sectional average level of consumption; and (3) utility functions that display habit formation. Closed-form solutions for equilibrium asset prices are derived under the assumption that consumption growth is i.i.d. The equity premia under catching up with the Joneses and under habit formation are, for some parameter values, as large as the historically observed equity premium in the United States.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 3279.

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Date of creation: Mar 1990
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Publication status: published as The American Economic Review, Vol. 80, No. 2, pp. 38-42, (May 1990).
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:3279

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  1. R. Mehra & E. Prescott, 2010. "The equity premium: a puzzle," Levine's Working Paper Archive 1401, David K. Levine.
  2. Sundaresan, Suresh M, 1989. "Intertemporally Dependent Preferences and the Volatility of Consumption and Wealth," Review of Financial Studies, Society for Financial Studies, vol. 2(1), pages 73-89.
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