Economic Theory

, Volume 36, Issue 1, pp 81–108 | Cite as

Living with ambiguity: prices and survival when investors have heterogeneous preferences for ambiguity

Research Article

Abstract

This paper investigates asset prices and the long run wealth of investors in an asset market populated by investors who have heterogeneous preferences over risk and ambiguity. In a dynamic setting I characterize conditions under which investors who are averse to ambiguity will have an effect on long run asset prices. If ambiguity averse investors always believe that the true distribution could be wrong in many possible directions then a necessary condition for their survival is that the market exhibit no aggregate risk, a condition not met by many asset pricing models of interest. However, unlike investors with irrational beliefs, there do exist markets in which ambiguity averse investors survive.

Keywords

Asset pricing Recursive multiple priors Survival Heterogeneous investors Ambiguity aversion 

JEL Classification Numbers

G12 D59 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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