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Reference Dependent Preferences and the EPK Puzzle

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  • Maria Grith
  • Wolfgang Karl Härdle
  • Volker Krätschmer

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Supported by several recent investigations, the empirical pricing kernel (EPK) puzzle might be considered a stylized fact. Based on an economic model with state dependent preferences for the financial investors, we want to emphasize a microeconomic view that succeeds in explaining the puzzle. We retain the expected utility framework in a one period model and illustrate the case when the state is defined with respect to a reference point. We further investigate how the model relates the shape of the EPK to the economic conditions.

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  • Maria Grith & Wolfgang Karl Härdle & Volker Krätschmer, 2013. "Reference Dependent Preferences and the EPK Puzzle," SFB 649 Discussion Papers SFB649DP2013-023, Sonderforschungsbereich 649, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.
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    1. Denis Belomestny & Shujie Ma & Wolfgang Karl Härdle, 2015. "Pricing Kernel Modeling," SFB 649 Discussion Papers SFB649DP2015-001, Sonderforschungsbereich 649, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.
    2. Poeschel, Friedrich, 2012. "Assortative matching through signals," Annual Conference 2012 (Goettingen): New Approaches and Challenges for the Labor Market of the 21st Century 62061, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.

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    Keywords

    Pricing kernel; aggregate agent; empirical pricing kernel; EPK puzzle; state dependent;

    JEL classification:

    • D04 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Microeconomic Policy: Formulation; Implementation; Evaluation
    • D53 - Microeconomics - - General Equilibrium and Disequilibrium - - - Financial Markets
    • C02 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - General - - - Mathematical Economics
    • G13 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Contingent Pricing; Futures Pricing

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