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Rational Ignorance In Long-Run Risk Models

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  • Stefano D'Addona

    (University of Roma Tre)

  • Frode Brevik

    (Free University Amsterdam)

Abstract

We document an unpleasant feature of Epstein-Zin preferences in a stylized model economy of the long-run risk type now widespread in Asset Pricing: Agents with preference parameters commonly described as indicating a "preference for early resolution of uncertainty" achieve higher utility levels if they can commit to ignoring information on the state of the business cycle. For parameter choices similar to those used to explain asset prices, an agent can achieve utility gains equivalent to a more than 40 % increase in life-time consumption by committing to ignore information on the trend growth rate of the endowment good. We show that opting for such a coarser information set can be implemented and supported as an equilibrium strategy.

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  • Stefano D'Addona & Frode Brevik, 2011. "Rational Ignorance In Long-Run Risk Models," Working Papers 0811, CREI Università degli Studi Roma Tre, revised 2011.
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    Keywords

    Recursive preferences; Epstein-Zin preferences; Uncertainty aversion; Information processing; Time inconsistency;

    JEL classification:

    • D83 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief; Unawareness
    • D84 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Expectations; Speculations
    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles

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