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World Equity Premium Based Risk Aversion Estimates

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  • Lorenzo C. G. Pozzi
  • Casper De Vries
  • Jorn Zenhorst

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The equity premium puzzle holds that the coefficient of relative risk aversion estimated from the consumption based CAPM under power utility is excessively high. Moreover, estimates in the literature vary considerably across countries. We gauge the uncertainty pertaining to the country risk aversion estimates by means of jackknife resampling and pooling. The confidence band for the world risk aversion estimate from the pooled country data is much tighter and the pooled point estimate presents less of a puzzle than the individual country estimates.

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  • Lorenzo C. G. Pozzi & Casper De Vries & Jorn Zenhorst, 2010. "World Equity Premium Based Risk Aversion Estimates," CESifo Working Paper Series 3152, CESifo Group Munich.
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    Keywords

    equity premium puzzle; jackknife; pooling;

    JEL classification:

    • E21 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Consumption; Saving; Wealth
    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates

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