The equity premium and the allocation of income risk

Jean Pierre Danthine, John B. Donaldson, Rajnish Mehra

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Abstract

This paper examines the extent to which the equity premium puzzle can be resolved by taking account of the fact that stockholders bear a disproportionate share of output uncertainty. We do this in the context of a non-Walrasian RBC model where risk reallocation is justified by borrowing restrictions. The risk shifting mechanism we propose has the same effect as would arise from an increase in the risk aversion parameter of the representative agent and thus contributes to a rise in the equity premium. As with more standard RBC models, it remains that our model is unable to replicate key financial statistics. In particular, the observation that the equity return is more variable than national product cannot be accounted for under standard technology assumptions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)509-532
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Economic Dynamics and Control
Volume16
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Control and Optimization
  • Applied Mathematics

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