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Equilibrium in securities markets with heterogeneous investors and unspanned income risk

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posted on 02.05.2011, 00:00 authored by Peter O. Christensen, Kasper LarsenKasper Larsen, Claus Munk

In a finite time horizon, incomplete market, continuous-time setting with dividends and investor incomes governed by arithmetic Brownian motions, we derive closed-form solutions for the equilibrium risk-free rate and stock price for an economy with a finite set of heterogeneous CARA investors and unspanned income risk. In equilibrium, the Sharpe ratio is the same as in an otherwise identical complete market economy, whereas the riskfree rate is lower and, consequently, the stock price is higher. The reduction in the risk-free rate is highest when the more risk-averse investors face the largest unspanned income risk. In numerical examples with reasonable parameters, the risk-free rate is reduced by several percentage points.


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