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Risk Premia and Variance Bounds

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  • Balduzzi, Pierluigi
  • Kallal, Hedi

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If a pricing kernel assigns a premium to a risk variable that differs from the one assigned by the minimum-variance admissible kernel, then the pricing kernel must exhibit more variability than the minimum-variance kernel. Based on this intuition, the authors derive a variance bound that is more stringent than that of Lars Peter Hansen and Ravi Jagannathan (1991). When the authors apply their bound to the kernel of a representative consumer with power utility, they find that the consumption risk premium increases the severity of the 'equity-premium puzzle' of Rajnish Mehra and Edward C. Prescott (1985). Copyright 1997 by American Finance Association.

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  • Balduzzi, Pierluigi & Kallal, Hedi, 1997. " Risk Premia and Variance Bounds," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 52(5), pages 1913-1949, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jfinan:v:52:y:1997:i:5:p:1913-49
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