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A Revealed Preference Analysis of Asset Pricing Under Recursive Utility

  • Larry G. Epstein
  • Angelo Melino

This paper considers a representative agent model of asset prices based on a recursive utility specification. A constant elasticity of intertemporal substitution is assumed but the risk-preference component of utility is restricted only by qualitative, nonparametric regularity conditions. The principal contribution is to determine the exhaustive implications of this semiparametric recursive utility model for the one-step ahead joint probability distribution for consumption growth and asset returns.

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Date of creation: Nov 1993
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Publication status: published as Review of Economic Studies, Vol. 62, no. 213 (1995): 597-618.
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