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March 2002Asset Pricing with Heterogeneous Consumers and Limited Participation: Empirical Evidence
with Alon Brav, George M. Constantinides: w8822
We present evidence that the equity premium and the premium of value stocks over growth stocks are explained in the 1982 1996 period with a stochastic discount factor (SDF) calculated as the weighted average of individual households' marginal rate of substitution with low and economically plausible values of the relative risk aversion (RRA) coefficient. Household consumption of non-durables and services is reconstructed from the CEX database. Since the above premia are not explained with a SDF calculated as the per capita marginal rate of substitution with low value of the RRA coefficient, the evidence supports the hypothesis of incomplete consumption insurance. We also present evidence is that a SDF calculated as the per capita marginal rate of substitution is better able to explain th...
October 1999Asset Pricing with Heterogeneous Consumers and Limited Participation: Empirical Evidence
with Alon Brav, George M. Constantinides: w7406
The Euler equations of consumption are tested on the household consumption of non-durables and services, reconstructed from the CEX database. The estimated relative risk aversion coefficient of the representative household decreases, and the estimated unexplained mean equity premium decreases, as infra marginal asset holders are eliminated from the sample. These results provide evidence of limited capital market participation. The estimated unexplained mean equity premium decreases when the assumption of complete consumption insurance is relaxed. The estimated correlation between the equity premium and the cross- sectional variance of the households' consumption growth is negative, as required, if the relaxation of market completeness is to contribute towards the explanation of the pre...

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