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Heterogeneous patience and the term structure of real interest rates

Lengwiler, Yvan. (2005) Heterogeneous patience and the term structure of real interest rates. American economic review, Vol. 95, No. 3. S. 890-896.

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Abstract

Heterogeneous time preference has a profound impact on the wealth distribution and therefore on equilibrium asset prices. I identify two distinct effects on interest rates: an averaging effect due to Jensen’s inequality and a general equilibrium consumption timing effect. The averaging effect decreases and the timing effect increases real interest rates, and both effects induce an inverse term structure. More fundamentally, the model shows that asset prices need to be interpreted with caution. Evidence apparently pointing to non-standard preferences may simply be the result of heterogeneity.
Faculties and Departments:06 Faculty of Business and Economics > Departement Wirtschaftswissenschaften > Professuren Wirtschaftswissenschaften > Finanzmärkte (Lengwiler)
UniBasel Contributors:Lengwiler, Yvan
Item Type:Article, refereed
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Publisher:American Economic Association
ISSN:0002-8282
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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