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Heterogeneity in risk aversion and risk sharing regressions

Pierfederico Asdrubali, Simone Tedeschi and Luigi Ventura ()

Journal of Applied Econometrics, 2019, vol. 34, issue 5, 827-835

Abstract: Heterogeneity in risk attitudes, if not properly accounted for, may induce a bias on the income coefficient of standard consumption insurance regressions. We show that, extending the theoretical analysis and empirical findings in Schulhofer‐Wohl (Journal of Political Economy, 2011, 119, 925–958), the sign of the bias is ambiguous, and depends on cycle‐related variables and on the covariances of both aggregate and idiosyncratic risk with individual risk aversion.

Date: 2019
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