Habit, Long Run Risks, Prospect? A Statistical Inquiry
Journal of Financial Econometrics, Forthcoming
39 Pages Posted: 30 Nov 2009 Last revised: 30 Nov 2010
Date Written: April 29, 2010
We use recently proposed Bayesian statistical methods to compare the habit persistence asset pricing model of Campbell and Cochrane, the long-run risks model of Bansal and Yaron, and the prospect theory model of Barberis, Huang, and Santos. We improve these Bayesian methods so that they can accommodate highly nonlinear models such as the three aforementioned. Our substantive results can be stated succinctly: If one believes that the extreme consumption fluctuations of 1930–1949 can recur, although they have not in the last sixty years even counting the current recession, then the long-run risks model is preferred. Otherwise, the habit model is preferred.
Keywords: Statistical Tests, Habit, Long-Run Risks, Prospect Theory, Asset Pricing
JEL Classification: E00, G12, C51, C52
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