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The equity premium puzzle and decreasing relative risk aversion

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  • M. J. Roche

    (Economics, NUI Maynooth, Ireland)

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Agents are assumed to have a power risk aversion utility function in an otherwise standard asset pricing model. These preferences are shown to be capable of eliminating one version of the equity premium and risk free rate puzzles when they display decreasing relative risk aversion.

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  • M. J. Roche, 2005. "The equity premium puzzle and decreasing relative risk aversion," Economics, Finance and Accounting Department Working Paper Series n1510205, Department of Economics, Finance and Accounting, National University of Ireland - Maynooth.
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    1. Conniffe, Denis, 2008. "Generalised Means of Simple Utility Functions with Risk Aversion," The Economic and Social Review, Economic and Social Studies, vol. 39(1), pages 1-12.

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    Keywords

    asset pricing; equity premium; risk aversion;

    JEL classification:

    • 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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