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Toward a Quantitative General Equilibrium Asset Pricing Model with Intangible Capital

  • Hengjie Ai
  • Mariano Massimiliano Croce
  • Kai Li

We model investment options as intangible capital in a production economy in which younger vintages of assets in place have lower exposure to aggregate productivity risk. In equilibrium, physical capital requires a substantially higher expected return than intangible capital. Quantitatively, our model rationalizes a significant share of the observed difference in the average return of book-to-market-sorted portfolios (value premium). Our economy also produces (1) a high premium of the aggregate stock market over the risk-free interest rate, (2) a low and smooth risk-free interest rate, and (3) key features of the consumption and investment dynamics in the U.S. data. The Author 2012. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The Society for Financial Studies. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please e-mail:, Oxford University Press.

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Volume (Year): 26 (2013)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 491-530

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Handle: RePEc:oup:rfinst:v:26:y:2013:i:2:p:491-530
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