Econometrica: Jul 2017, Volume 85, Issue 4

The Identification of Beliefs from Asset Demand

https://doi.org/10.3982/ECTA13880
p. 1219-1238

Felix Kübler, Herakles Polemarchakis

The demand for assets as prices and initial wealth vary identifies beliefs and attitudes towards risk. We derive conditions that guarantee identification with no knowledge either of the cardinal utility index (attitudes towards risk) or of the distribution of future endowments or payoffs of assets; the argument applies even if the asset market is incomplete and demand is observed only locally.

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