Mathematical Finance Seminar
TUB; MA042
Marko Weber (National University of Singapore)

General Equilibrium with Unhedgeable Fundamentals and Heterogeneous Agents

We examine the implications of unhedgeable fundamental risk, combined with agents’ hete- rogeneous preferences and wealth allocations, on dynamic asset pricing and portfolio choice. We solve in closed form a continuous-time general equilibrium model in which unhedgeable fundamental risk affects aggregate consumption dynamics, rendering the market incomplete. Several long-lived agents with hete- rogeneous risk-aversion and time-preference make consumption and investment decisions, trading risky assets and borrowing from and lending to each other. We find that a representative agent does not exist. Agents trade assets dynamically. Their consumption rates depend on the history of unhedgeable shocks. Consumption volatility is higher for agents with preferences and wealth allocations deviating more from the average. Unhedgeable risk reduces the equilibrium interest rate only through agents’ heterogeneity and proportionally to the cross-sectional variance of agents’ preferences and allocations.