IDEAS home Printed from
MyIDEAS: Log in (now much improved!) to save this paper

Asset Pricing Puzzles and Incomplete Markets

Listed author(s):
  • Chris I. Telmer

An endowment economy with heterogeneous agents and incomplete asset markets is specified, parameterized and solved using a numerical solution algorithm. The model features two types of infinitely lived agents who are endowed with different sources for non-tradable income. Despite not being able to insure against endowment risk, individuals are able to partially diversify away idiosyncratic risk by trading in a limited set of competitive asset markets. Numerical results indicate that the model can account for substantially more of the variability in intertemporal marginal rates of substitution documented by Hensen and Jagannathan (1990) than can models based on a representative agent. In addition, the model can generate a mean risk-free rate of interest smaller than the rate of time preference and potentially account for the so called 'risk-free rate puzzle'.

If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.

File URL:
File Function: First version 1991
Download Restriction: no

Paper provided by Queen's University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 806.

in new window

Length: 50 pages
Date of creation: Feb 1991
Handle: RePEc:qed:wpaper:806
Contact details of provider: Postal:
Kingston, Ontario, K7L 3N6

Phone: (613) 533-2250
Fax: (613) 533-6668
Web page:

More information through EDIRC

No references listed on IDEAS
You can help add them by filling out this form.

This item is featured on the following reading lists or Wikipedia pages:

  1. Canadian Macro Study Group

When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:qed:wpaper:806. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Mark Babcock)

If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

This information is provided to you by IDEAS at the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis using RePEc data.