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Asset Pricing with Limited Risk Sharing and Heterogeneous Agents

Francisco Gomes

London Business School

Alexander Michaelides

Imperial College Business School; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)


AFA 2006 Boston Meetings Paper

We solve a model with incomplete markets and heterogeneous agents that generates a large equity premium, while simultaneously matching individual allocations (stock market participation rate and asset holdings). Limited participation is derived endogenously and has a negligible impact on the risk premium, contrary to the results of models where it is imposed exogenously. We obtain a high risk premium with moderate risk aversion (5 or less). This is driven by incomplete risk sharing among stockholders, which results from the combination of borrowing constraints with a (realistically) calibrated life-cycle stochastic earnings profile subject to both aggregate and idiosyncratic shocks.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 47

Keywords: Equity Premium, Preference Heterogeneity, Incomplete Risk Sharing, Life-Cycle Models, Limited Stock Market Participation.

JEL Classification: E21, G11

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Date posted: March 22, 2005  

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Gomes, Francisco and Michaelides, Alexander, Asset Pricing with Limited Risk Sharing and Heterogeneous Agents (2005). AFA 2006 Boston Meetings Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=687126 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.687126

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Francisco Gomes (Contact Author)
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Alexander Michaelides
Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
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Imperial College Business School ( email )
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