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Substitution, Risk Aversion and the Temporal Behaviour of Consumption and Asset Returns I: A Theoretical Framework

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  • Larry G. Epstein
  • Stanley E. Zin

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This paper investigates infinite horizon intertemporal utility functions which generalize the standard additive expected utility specification. Two classes of generalization are considered -- the first builds upon Kreps and Porteus (1978, 1979), while the second is a further generalization which embeds the non-expected utility theory of Dekel (1986) into a multiperiod framework. Each type of generalization permits intertemporal substitution and risk aversion to be disentangled. In the context of the representative agent model, each specification implies testable restrictions on the temporal behaviour of consumption and asset returns.

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  • Larry G. Epstein & Stanley E. Zin, 1987. "Substitution, Risk Aversion and the Temporal Behaviour of Consumption and Asset Returns I: A Theoretical Framework," Working Papers 699, Queen's University, Department of Economics.
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    1. Attanasio, O.P. & Weber, G., 1989. "Consumption, Productivity Growth And The Interest Rate," Papers 8925, Tilburg - Center for Economic Research.
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    10. Stefano G. Athanasoulis & Robert J. Shiller, 2001. "World Income Components: Measuring and Exploiting Risk-Sharing Opportunities," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 91(4), pages 1031-1054, September.
    11. Alberto Giovannini & Philippe Weil, 1989. "Risk Aversion and Intertemporal Substitution in the Capital Asset Pricing Model," NBER Working Papers 2824, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    12. Philippe Weil, 1989. "The Equity Premium Puzzle and the Riskfree Rate Puzzle," Sciences Po publications info:hdl:2441/8686, Sciences Po.

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