Time-varying risk aversion and unexpected inflation

Journal Article (Journal Article)

We formulate a consumption-based asset pricing model in which aggregate risk aversion is time-varying in response to both news about consumption growth (as in a habit formation model) and news about inflation. We estimate our model and explore its pricing implications for the term structure of interest rates and the cross-section of stock returns. Our empirical results support the hypothesis that aggregate risk aversion varies in response to news about inflation. The induced time-variation in risk aversion does not appear to proxy for inflation uncertainty or economic growth. © 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Brandt, MW; Wang, KQ

Published Date

  • October 1, 2003

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 50 / 7

Start / End Page

  • 1457 - 1498

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0304-3932

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.jmoneco.2003.08.001

Citation Source

  • Scopus