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Risk Premia and Term Premia in General Equilibrium

  • Andrew B. Abel

The equity premium consists of a term premium reflecting the longer maturity of equity relative to short-term bills, and a risk premium reflecting the stochastic nature of equity payoffs and the deterministic nature of payoffs on reckless bills. This paper analyzes term premia and the risk premia in a general equilibrium model with catching up with the Joneses preferences and a novel formulation of leverage. Closed-form solutions for moments of asset returns are derived. First-order approximations illustrate the effects of parameters and provide an algorithm to match the means and variances of the riskless rate and the rate of return on equity.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 6683.

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Date of creation: Aug 1998
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Publication status: published as Journal of Monetary Economics, Vol. 43, no. 1 (February 1999): 3-33.
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:6683
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