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Heterogeneous Time Preferences and Interest Rates - The Preferred Habitat Theory Revisited

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  • Frank Riedel

    (Humboldt University at Berlin)

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The influence of heterogeneous time preferences on the term structure is investigated. Motivated by the Preferred Habitat Theory of Modigliani and Sutch, a model for intertemporal preferences accounting for preferred habitats is proposed. In a heterogeneous world, preferred habitats can explain humps in the yield curve. Agents with a long habitat prefer long term bonds to shorter instruments as the Preferred Habitat Theory predicts.

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Keywords: Term Structure; Heterogeneity; Preferred Habitats;

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