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

  • 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)

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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Paper provided by China Economics and Management Academy, Central University of Finance and Economics in its series CEMA Working Papers with number 53.

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Date of creation: 2001
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Publication status: Published in Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Volume 26, Issue 2, February 2002, Pages 247-270
Handle: RePEc:cuf:wpaper:53
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