Household Investments, Limited Participation and Equity Premium with Wealth Heterogeneity
New Economic School
Astrid V. Schornick
July 31, 2012
We develop and solve analytically a general equilibrium model where investors have heterogeneous wealth levels and exhibit uncertainty aversion. The model explains several salient patterns of household investments: (i) a sizeable fraction of households do not participate in the stock market, (ii) richer households are more likely to participate, and (iii) among the households that do participate, wealthier ones invest a larger share of their wealth into risky assets. We also study the relation between the equity premium and market participation as a function of household wealth. For wealth growth that preserves or decreases wealth inequality, the resulting higher participation level is associated with a lower equity premium; whereas a rise in wealth inequality leads to the opposite relationship: lower participation at a lower equity premium.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 41
Keywords: household portfolios, limited participation, equity premium, wealth heterogeneity, uncertainty aversion
JEL Classification: G11, G12, D81working papers series
Date posted: March 9, 2008 ; Last revised: August 1, 2012
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