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Direct preferences for wealth, the risk premium puzzle, growth, and policy effectiveness

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  • Liutang Gong

    (Institute for Advanced Study, Wuhan University
    Guanghua School of Management, Peking University)

  • Heng-fu Zou

    (Development Research Group, The World Bank
    Institute for Advanced Study, Wuhan University
    Guanghua School of Management, Peking University)

Abstract

In this paper, we consider social status, the spirit of capitalism, fiscal policies, and asset pricing in a stochastic model of growth. With specific assumptions on the production technology, preferences, and stochastic shocks, we derive the explicit solutions to the growth rates of consumption and savings and equilibrium returns on all assets. We further demonstrate how fiscal policies, the spirit of capitalism, and stochastic shocks affect growth, asset pricing, and welfare.

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  • Liutang Gong & Heng-fu Zou, 2001. "Direct preferences for wealth, the risk premium puzzle, growth, and policy effectiveness," CEMA Working Papers 53, China Economics and Management Academy, Central University of Finance and Economics.
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    Keywords

    Social status; The spirit of capitalism; Fiscal policies; Asset pricing; Stochastic growth;

    JEL classification:

    • E0 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General
    • G1 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets
    • H0 - Public Economics - - General
    • O0 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - General

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