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What Puzzles? New insights in asset pricing

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  • Aase, Knut K.

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Motivated by the problems of the conventional model in rationalizing market data, we derive the equilibrium interest rate and risk premiums using recursive utility in continuous time. In a representative-agent framework our model allows for the separation of risk aversion from the time preference. We demonstrate how this separation gives new insights in asset pricing: The expressions for risk premiums combine the market-based CAPM with the consumption-based CAPM. The equilibrium real interest rate now combines characterizations of preferences and market returns. This model explains both the Equity Premium Puzzle and the Risk-Free Rate Puzzle with good margin, and give solutions consistent with early resolution of uncertainty.

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  • Aase, Knut K., 2012. "What Puzzles? New insights in asset pricing," Discussion Papers 2012/13, Norwegian School of Economics, Department of Business and Management Science.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:nhhfms:2012_013
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    Keywords

    The equity premium puzzle; the risk-free rate puzzle; recursive utility; early resolution; utility gradients; dynamic programming; The Stern Review;

    JEL classification:

    • D51 - Microeconomics - - General Equilibrium and Disequilibrium - - - Exchange and Production Economies
    • D53 - Microeconomics - - General Equilibrium and Disequilibrium - - - Financial Markets
    • D90 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - General
    • E21 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Consumption; Saving; Wealth
    • G10 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)
    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates

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