TY - JOUR
AU - Campbell,John Y.
AU - Viceira,Luis M.
TI - Consumption and Portfolio Decisions When Expected Returns are Time Varying
JF - National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper Series
VL - No. 5857
PY - 1996
Y2 - December 1996
DO - 10.3386/w5857
UR - http://www.nber.org/papers/w5857
L1 - http://www.nber.org/papers/w5857.pdf
N1 - Author contact info:
John Y. Campbell
Morton L. and Carole S.
Olshan Professor of Economics
Department of Economics
Harvard University
Littauer Center 213
Cambridge, MA 02138
Tel: 617/496-6448
Fax: 617/495-7730
E-Mail: john_campbell@harvard.edu
Luis M. Viceira
George E. Bates Professor
Harvard Business School
Baker Library 367
Boston, MA 02163
Tel: 617/495-6331
Fax: 617/496-7379
E-Mail: lviceira@hbs.edu
AB - This paper proposes and implements a new approach to a classic unsolved problem in financial economics: the optimal consumption and portfolio choice problem of a long-lived investor facing time-varying investment opportunities. The investor is assumed to be infinitely-lived, to have recursive Epstein-Zin-Weil utility, and to choose in discrete time between a riskless asset with a constant return, and a risky asset with constant return variance whose expected log return follows and AR(1) process. The paper approximates the choice problem by log-linearizing the budget constraint and Euler equations, and derives an analytical solution to the approximate problem. When the model is calibrated to US stock market data it implies that intertemporal hedging motives greatly increase, and may even double, the average demand for stocks by investors whose risk-aversion coefficients exceed one.
ER -