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The Implications of Heterogeneity and Inequality for Asset Pricing

Stavros Panageas, UCLA Anderson School of Management and NBER, USA, stavros.panageas@anderson.ucla.edu
 
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Stavros Panageas (2020), "The Implications of Heterogeneity and Inequality for Asset Pricing", Foundations and TrendsĀ® in Finance: Vol. 12: No. 3, pp 199-275. http://dx.doi.org/10.1561/0500000057

Publication Date: 23 Nov 2020
© 2020 Stavros Panageas
 
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Asset pricing,  Asset pricing: Models,  Asset pricing: Theory
 

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In this article:
1. Introduction and Summary
2. Heterogeneous Preferences, Beliefs, and Limited Participation Models
3. Heterogeneous Endowments
4. Further Applications: Equilibrium Arbitrage, Heterogeneous Stochastic Discount Factors
Acknowledgements
A. Appendix
References

Abstract

Does heterogeneity matter for asset pricing and in particular for risk premia? Starting with an irrelevance result, I classify the literature into two groups of papers according to how they link investor heterogeneity and risk premia. The first group contains models of investors who differ in terms of their preferences, beliefs, or access to markets. Despite their differences, these models have similar implications, and can be analyzed in a unified way. The second group of papers consists of models where investors experience uninsurable income shocks. The goal of this survey is to provide one unified framework to better understand this large literature, and especially to reconcile several of the seemingly inconsistent results found in some seminal papers.

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Table of contents:
1. Introduction and Summary
2. Heterogeneous Preferences, Beliefs, and Limited Participation Models
3. Heterogeneous Endowments
4. Further Applications: Equilibrium Arbitrage, Heterogeneous Stochastic Discount Factors
Acknowledgements
A. Appendix
References

The Implications of Heterogeneity and Inequality for Asset Pricing

Does heterogeneity matter for asset pricing and, in particular, for risk premia? The Implications of Heterogeneity and Inequality for Asset Pricing provides a unified framework to better understand this large literature and to reconcile several of the seemingly inconsistent results found in some seminal papers. This monograph classifies the literature into two groups of papers according to how they link investor heterogeneity and risk premia. The first group contains models of investors who differ in terms of their preferences, beliefs, or access to markets. Despite their differences, these models have similar implications, and can be analyzed in a unified way. The second group of papers consists of models where investors experience uninsurable income shocks.

 
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