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The Robustness of the CAPM-A Computational Approach

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  • P. Jean-Jacques Herings

    (Universiteit Maastricht)

  • Felix Kubler

    (Yale University)

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In this paper we argue that in realistically calibrated two period general equilibrium models with incomplete markets CAPM-pricing provides a good benchmark for equilibrium prices even when agents are not mean-variance optimizers and returns are not normally distributed. We numerically approximate equilibria for a variety of different specifications for preferences, endowments and dividends and compare the equilibrium prices and portfolio-holdings to the predictions of the CAPM. While the CAPM does not hold exactly for the chosen specification, it turns out that pricing-errors are extremely small. Furthermore, two-fund separation holds approximately.

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  • P. Jean-Jacques Herings & Felix Kubler, 2000. "The Robustness of the CAPM-A Computational Approach," Econometric Society World Congress 2000 Contributed Papers 0400, Econometric Society.
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    • C61 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Optimization Techniques; Programming Models; Dynamic Analysis
    • C62 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Existence and Stability Conditions of Equilibrium
    • C63 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Computational Techniques
    • C68 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Computable General Equilibrium Models
    • D52 - Microeconomics - - General Equilibrium and Disequilibrium - - - Incomplete Markets
    • D58 - Microeconomics - - General Equilibrium and Disequilibrium - - - Computable and Other Applied General Equilibrium Models
    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates

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