Proceedings of 6 International Business and Social Sciences Research Conference

Proceedings of 6th International Business and Social Sciences Research Conference
3 – 4 January, 2013, Dubai, UAE, ISBN: 978-1-922069-18-4
State Dependent Preferences & Loss Aversion:
Can they explain the equity premium?
Sara Nada1
They are the closest in explaining it .
Empirically examining S&P 500 under the basic consumption based model with
a representative agent and a recursive utility function. In a state dependent
preference setting, the mean risk aversion level needed to satisfy the equity
premium level, is not within the acceptable limits but it is much lower than in the
case of preferences independent of the state realized. A modest loss aversion
coefficient is capable of explaining the equity premium level with acceptable
value of relative risk aversion. In both cases, Hansen-Jagannathan bound is
Keywords: state dependent preferences, recursive preferences, loss aversion, equity
Field of Research: Finance
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