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Risk aversion, multivariate proxies and the behavior of asset returns

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  • Kim Nummelin

    (Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration, Finland)

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An asset pricing model with constant relative risk aversion (CRRA) is tested with data from Sweden for the period 1977-1990. As a proxy for consumption growth, we employ a return based mimicking portfolio. We find that significant structural shifts in the model parameters occur between 1977-83 and 1984-90. The results indicate that the goodness-of-fit for the model in the two subperiods is fairly good and the estimates of CRRA seem reasonable. However, contrary to the cross-sectional implications of the model, CRRAs implied from individual assets differ a lot from each other.

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  • Kim Nummelin, 1994. "Risk aversion, multivariate proxies and the behavior of asset returns," Finnish Economic Papers, Finnish Economic Association, vol. 7(2), pages 94-107, Autumn.
  • Handle: RePEc:fep:journl:v:7:y:1994:i:2:p:94-107
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    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates

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