Consumption Correlatedness and Risk Measurement in Economies with Non Trade Assets and Heterogeneous Information

18 Pages Posted: 18 Aug 2004 Last revised: 23 May 2012

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Sanford J. Grossman

University of Pennsylvania - Finance Department; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Robert J. Shiller

Yale University - Cowles Foundation; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Yale University - International Center for Finance

Date Written: June 1981

Abstract

The consumption beta theorem of Breeden makes the expected return on any asset a function only of its covariance with changes in aggregate consumption. It is shown that the theorem is more robust than was indicated by Breeden. The theorem obtains even if one deletes Breeden's assumptions that (a) all risky assets are tradable, (b) investors have homogeneous beliefs, (c) other assets can be traded without transactions costs and (d) that all assets have returns which are Ito processes.

Suggested Citation

Grossman, Sanford J. and Shiller, Robert J., Consumption Correlatedness and Risk Measurement in Economies with Non Trade Assets and Heterogeneous Information (June 1981). NBER Working Paper No. w0690. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=349089

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