The Spirit of Capitalism and International Risk Sharing
We show that a model of the spirit of capitalism can generate a high degree of international risk sharing as measured by the discount-factor-based approach of Brandt, Cochrane, and Santa-Clara (2001), even when consumption and portfolio holdings exhibit "home bias". We also show how portfolio externalities can arise in the model, and highlight the caution that one needs in interpreting discount-factor-based measures of international risk sharing: in the presence of portfolio externalities, even when the measured degree of risk sharing is perfect, it is still possible for government policies to induce investors to hold better-diversified portfolios and attain higher welfare
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