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Transactions Costs and the Equity Premium Puzzle

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Campbell and Cochrane's (1999b) habit formation model is able to resolve the equity premium and riskless interest rate puzzles, but only for high values of relative risk aversion. In this paper, I incorporate transactions costs in the Campbell and Cochrane model and find that the required level of relative risk aversion at the steady state reduces from 35 to 15. Thus, transactions costs seem able to reduce, but not completely solve, the remaining puzzle.

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  • Sanghyun Hong, 2020. "Transactions Costs and the Equity Premium Puzzle," Working Papers in Economics 20/16, University of Canterbury, Department of Economics and Finance.
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    Transaction Costs; Equity Premium Puzzle;

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    • G00 - Financial Economics - - General - - - General
    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates

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