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Estimating Nonseparable Preference Specifications for Asset Market Participants

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This paper uses panel data and Euler equations to estimate preference specifications that are nonseparable in consumption and leisure. The econometric analysis uses panel data, and therefore it differs from existing econometric studies that use a representative agent framework. Moreover, the analysis focuses on nonlinear implications of the theory and therefore, it is different from existing panel data studies that investigate linearizations. Euler equations are estimated for samples that only include asset market participants, and for samples that also include consumers who do not participate in asset markets. The evidence shows that we obtain intuitively plausible estimates only when excluding non-participants from the sample, indicating that it is critically important to take asset market participation and market incompleteness into consideration. For market participants, estimated parameter values are radically different from existing studies. The findings are therefore of interest for an extensive literature in macroeconomics and finance. À l'aide de données de panel et d'équations d'Euler, nous estimons les spécifications de préférence inséparables pour la consommation et les loisirs. L'analyse économétrique fait appel aux données de panel, et diffère en cela des études économétriques existantes qui reposent sur un cadre agent représentatif. De plus, notre analyse porte particulièrement sur les implications non-linéaires de la théorie et par conséquent, elle est différente des études à données de panel existantes qui portent sur les linéarisations. Les équations d'Euler sont estimées pour des échantillons qui incluent uniquement des participants au marché des actions, et aussi pour des échantillons qui incluent des consommateurs qui ne participent pas à ce marché. Il ressort que nous obtenons des estimations intuitivement plausibles seulement lorsqu'on exclue les non-participants de l'échantillon, ce qui montre l'extrême importance de la prise en compte, à la fois de la participation au marché des actions et de l'incomplétude du marché. Pour les participants, les valeurs de paramètre estimées sont totalement différentes de celles des études existantes. Nos résultats ont par conséquent leur place dans une littérature extensive de la macroéconomie et de la finance.

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  • Kris Jacobs, 2001. "Estimating Nonseparable Preference Specifications for Asset Market Participants," CIRANO Working Papers 2001s-12, CIRANO.
  • Handle: RePEc:cir:cirwor:2001s-12
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    Keywords

    Market incompleteness; asset market participation; equity premium puzzle; dynamic macroeconomics; nonseparabilities; consumption; leisure; Euler equation estimation; Incomplétude des marchés; participation au marché des actions; casse-tête de prime de titres; macroéconomie dynamique; inséparabilité; consommation; loisirs; estimation de l'équation d'Euler;

    JEL classification:

    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates
    • E2 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment
    • D91 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - Role and Effects of Psychological, Emotional, Social, and Cognitive Factors on Decision Making

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