Limited Household Risk Sharing: General Equilibrium Implications for the Term Structure of Interest Rates
50 Pages Posted: 9 Feb 2019 Last revised: 24 Sep 2020
Date Written: September 23, 2020
We present a theory in which limited risk sharing of idiosyncratic labor income risk plays a key role in determining the dynamics of interest rates. Our production-based model relates the cross-sectional distribution of labor income risk to observable aggregate labor market variables. Our model makes two key predictions. First, it predicts positive risk premia for long-term bonds while simultaneously matching key macroeconomic moments. Second, it predicts a negative correlation between current labor market conditions (as measured by labor market tightness or the job-finding rate) and future bond excess returns. We provide evidence for these predictions.
Keywords: Interest Rates, Nondiversifiable Labor Income Risk, Labor Market Frictions, Bond Risk Premia
JEL Classification: E24, E43, E44, G12, J64
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