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Housing and Relative Risk Aversion

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  • Francesco Zanetti

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This paper derives closed-form and numerical solutions for relative risk aversion in a standard consumption-based model enriched with housing.� The presence of housing enables the household to hedge against unexpected shocks and may decrease relative risk aversion.� In addition, housing may generate state-dependent, time-varying risk aversion.

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Paper provided by University of Oxford, Department of Economics in its series Economics Series Working Papers with number 693.

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Date of creation: 15 Jan 2014
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