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Welfare Costs, Long Run Consumption Risk, and a Production Economy

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  • Mariano M. Croce

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    (economics nyu)

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The main goal of this paper is to measure the welfare costs of business cycles in a production economy in which the representative agent has low risk aversion and - at the same time - the equity premium and the co-movements of aggregate quantities and market returns are comparable to what observed in historical data. In order to do so, I consider a production economy in which the representative agent has Epstein-Zin-Weil(1989) preferences, productivity has a Long Run Risk component and there are capital adjustment costs. In this way, I try to bridge the gap between the current Long Run Risk asset pricing literature, in which quantities are taken as exogenous, and the standard macroeconomic business cycle models. Preliminary results from a benchmark exchange economy suggest that when there is a Long Run Consumption Risk and the representative agent prefers early resolution of uncertainty, the implied total welfare costs of the consumption uncertainty range from 12\% to 20\%. (JEL classification: E20, E32, G12, D81)

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Paper provided by Society for Economic Dynamics in its series 2006 Meeting Papers with number 582.

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Keywords: Production Economy; Long-Run Risk; Asset Pricing;

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  1. Richard Dennis, 2013. "Asset Prices, Business Cycles, and Markov-Perfect Fiscal Policy when Agents are Risk-Sensitive," CAMA Working Papers 2013-69, Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University.
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  7. Xiaohong Chen & Jack Favilukis & Sydney C. Ludvigson, 2007. "An estimation of economic models with recursive preferences," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 24502, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
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  10. Pancrazi, Roberto, 2013. "How Beneficial was the Great Moderation After All?," The Warwick Economics Research Paper Series (TWERPS) 1016, University of Warwick, Department of Economics.

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