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Risk Premia in General Equilibrium

Olaf Posch

Universität Hamburg, Department of Economics; CREATES

July 27, 2010

CESifo Working Paper Series No. 3131

This paper shows that non-linearities imposed by a neoclassical production function alone can generate time-varying and asymmetric risk premia over the business cycle. These (empirical) key features become relevant, and asset market implications improve substantially when we allow for non-normalities in the form of rare disasters. We employ analytical solutions of dynamic stochastic general equilibrium models, including a novel solution with endogenous labor supply, to obtain closed-form expressions for the risk premium in production economies. In contrast to endowment economies, the curvature of the policy functions affects the risk premium through controlling the individual’s effective risk aversion.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 47

Keywords: risk premium, continuous-time DSGE

JEL Classification: E21, G12

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Date posted: July 28, 2010  

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Posch, Olaf, Risk Premia in General Equilibrium (July 27, 2010). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 3131. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1649362

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