Long-run risk through consumption smoothing

Kaltenbrunner, G and Lochstoer, L (2006) Long-run risk through consumption smoothing. Working Paper. London Business School IFA Working Paper.


Whenever agents have access to a production technology they will engineer optimal consumption paths. This is usually perceived as making the task of explaining asset prices much harder. We show that this is not the case in a standard production economy model where consumers have EpsteinZin preferences and dislike negative shocks to future economic growth prospects. Endogenous consumption smoothing increases the price of risk in this economy as it induces highly persistent timevariation in expected aggregate consumption growth (longrun risk), even though technology follows a random walk. The asset pricing properties of the production economy model with i.i.d. shocks to technology are therefore actually better than the asset pricing properties of the exchange economy model counterpart with i.i.d. shocks to consumption. The model identifies an observable proxy for otherwise hard to measure expected consumption growth. Using this proxy, we test and find support for key predictions of our model in the timeseries of consumption growth and the crosssection of stock returns.

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Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Subject Areas: Finance
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2023 15:22
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2023 09:30
URI: https://lbsresearch.london.edu/id/eprint/3411

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