DP10402 Global Sunspots and Asset Prices in a Monetary Economy
|Author(s):||Roger E A Farmer|
|Publication Date:||February 2015|
|Keyword(s):||asset prices, sunspots|
|Programme Areas:||International Macroeconomics, Financial Economics|
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This paper constructs a simple model in which asset price fluctuations are caused by sunspots. Most existing sunspot models use local linear approximations: instead, I construct global sunspot equilibria. My agents are expected utility maximizers with logarithmic utility functions, there are no fundamental shocks and markets are sequentially complete. Despite the simplicity of these assumptions, I am able to go a considerable way towards explaining features of asset pricing data that have presented an obstacle to previous models that adopted similar assumptions. My model generates volatile persistent swings in asset prices, a substantial term premium for long bonds and bursts of conditional volatility in rates of return.