Uninsurable risk and financial market puzzles

Parantap Basu, Andrei Semenov, Kenji Wada

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We compare the empirical performances of three risk-sharing arrangements involving idiosyncratic skill shocks: (a) where individuals are unable to directly insure their consumption against individual-specific shocks, (b) where agents strike long-term insurance contract with financial intermediaries involving a truth revelation constraint as in Kocherlakota and Pistaferri (2009), (c) full risk sharing. Based on the widely accepted assumption of cross-sectional log-normality of individual consumption levels, we work out closed form expressions of the pricing kernels for (a) and (b). We put these three models to test four financial market anomalies, namely the equity premium, currency premium, risk-free rate, and consumption-real exchange rate puzzles simultaneously in an integrated framework. We find that the pricing kernel associated with (a) outperforms the other two models in terms of the produced estimates of the agent's preference parameters and the model ability to predict the equity and currency premia, the risk-free rate, and the log growth in the exchange rate. However, the predictive ability is still far from satisfactory for all three models under scrutiny.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1055-1089
Number of pages35
JournalJournal of International Money and Finance
Volume30
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Oct

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Financial markets
Risk sharing
Pricing kernel
Risk-free rate
Currency
Equity premium
Market anomalies
Financial intermediaries
Normality
Real exchange rate
Insurance contract
Predictive ability
Premium
Exchange rates
Equity
Integrated

Keywords

  • Currency premium
  • E32
  • Equity premium
  • Exchange rate
  • G11
  • G12

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  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Finance

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Uninsurable risk and financial market puzzles. / Basu, Parantap; Semenov, Andrei; Wada, Kenji.

In: Journal of International Money and Finance, Vol. 30, No. 6, 10.2011, p. 1055-1089.

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Basu, Parantap ; Semenov, Andrei ; Wada, Kenji. / Uninsurable risk and financial market puzzles. In: Journal of International Money and Finance. 2011 ; Vol. 30, No. 6. pp. 1055-1089.
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