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Asset Returns and Intertemporal Preferences

Shmuel Kandel, Robert F. Stambaugh

NBER Working Paper No. 3633
Issued in February 1991
NBER Program(s):   ME

A representative-agent model with time-varying moments of consumption growth is used to analyze implications about means and volatilities of asset returns as well as the predictability of asset returns for various investment horizons. A comparative-statics analysis using non-expected-utility preferences indicates that, although risk aversion is important in determining the means of both equity returns and interest rates, implications about the volatility and the predictability of equity returns are affected primarily by intertemporal substitution. Lower elasticities of intertemporal substitution are associated with greater variance in the temporary component of equity prices.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w3633

Published: Journal of Monetary Economics, Vol. 27 No. 1, pp. 39-71, February 1991.

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