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Revisiting the interest rate puzzle

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  • Joe Akira Yoshino
  • Edson Bastos e Santos

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This article makes a connection between Lucas' (1978) asset pricing model and the macroeconomic dynamics for some selected countries. Both the relative risk aversion and the impatience for postponing consumption by synthesizing the investor behaviour can help to understand some key macroeconomic issues across countries, such as the savings decision and the real interest rate. I find that the government consumption makes worse the so-called 'equity premium-interest rate puzzle'. The first root of the quadratic function for explaining the real interest rate can produce this puzzle, but not the second root. Thus, Mehra and Prescott (1985) identified only one possible solution.

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  • Joe Akira Yoshino & Edson Bastos e Santos, 2009. "Revisiting the interest rate puzzle," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 16(13), pages 1333-1340.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:16:y:2009:i:13:p:1333-1340
    DOI: 10.1080/17446540802403643
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    1. Shiller, Robert J., 1982. "Consumption, asset markets and macroeconomic fluctuations," Carnegie-Rochester Conference Series on Public Policy, Elsevier, vol. 17(1), pages 203-238, January.
    2. John H. Cochrane & Lars Peter Hansen, 1992. "Asset Pricing Explorations for Macroeconomics," NBER Chapters,in: NBER Macroeconomics Annual 1992, Volume 7, pages 115-182 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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