An Equilibrium Asset Pricing Model with Labor Market Search [report]

Lars-Alexander Kuehn, Nicolas Petrosky-Nadeau, Lu Zhang
2012 unpublished
Search frictions in the labor market help explain the equity premium in the financial market. We embed the Diamond-Mortensen-Pissarides search framework into a dynamic stochastic general equilibrium model with recursive preferences. The model produces a sizeable equity premium of 4.54% per annum with a low interest rate volatility of 1.34%. The equity premium is strongly countercyclical, and forecastable with labor market tightness, a pattern we confirm in the data. Intriguingly, search
more » ... s, combined with a small labor surplus and large job destruction flows, give rise endogenously to rare disaster risks a la Rietz (1988) and Barro (2006) .
doi:10.3386/w17742 fatcat:gsglmpem7rhpdbn7hy7tvao6da