Finance Papers

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

2004

Publication Source

The Journal of Finance

Volume

59

Issue

6

Start Page

2959

Last Page

3004

DOI

10.1111/j.1540-6261.2004.00721.x

Abstract

This paper evaluates the equity premium using novel data on the consumption of luxury goods. Specifying utility as a nonhomothetic function of both luxury and basic consumption goods, we derive pricing equations and evaluate the risk of holding equity. Household survey and national accounts data mostly reflect basic consumption, and therefore overstate the risk aversion necessary to match the observed equity premium. The risk aversion implied by the consumption of luxury goods is more than an order of magnitude less than that implied by national accounts data. For the very rich, the equity premium is much less of a puzzle.

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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1540-6261.2004.00721.x. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

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Date Posted: 27 November 2017

This document has been peer reviewed.