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Borrowing costs and the demand for equity over the life cycle

Steven Davis (), Felix Kubler () and Paul S. Willen

No 05-7, Working Papers from Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Abstract: We construct a life-cycle model that delivers realistic behavior for both equity holdings and borrowings. The key model ingredient is a wedge between the cost of borrowing and the risk-free investment return. Borrowing can either raise or lower equity demand, depending on the cost of borrowing. A borrowing rate equal to the expected return on equity — which we show roughly matches the data — minimizes the demand for equity. Alternative models with no borrowing or limited borrowing at the risk-free rate cannot simultaneously fit empirical evidence on borrowing and equity holdings.

Keywords: Households - Economic aspects; Investments (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2005
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