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The Home Bias in Equities and Distribution Costs

We show that including distribution costs into a general equilibrium model of inter- national portfolio choice contributes to explaining the "home bias" in international equity investment. Our model is able to replicate observed investment positions for a wide range of parameter values, even if agents have an incentive to hedge labor income risk by purchasing foreign equity. This is because the existence of a retail sector affects both the correlation of domestic returns with the domestic price level and the correlation between financial and nonfinancial income.

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Paper provided by Swiss National Bank, Study Center Gerzensee in its series Working Papers with number 10.03.

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Length: 44 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2010
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Handle: RePEc:szg:worpap:1003
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