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The Bright Side of Shiller-Swaps: a solution to inter-generational risk sharing

Authors Evert Carlsson
Karl Erlandzon
Place of publication Göteborg
Publication year 2006
Published at Centre for Finance
Department of Economics
Language en
Keywords Life-cycle; portfolio choice; pensions; Shiller-swap
Subject categories Economics


This paper investigates the diversification demand of an agent, who is faced with the alternative to swap aggregate labour-income risk for equity-exposure, through her individual account in a mandatory-pension scheme. The framework for the analysis is a life-cycle model of a borrowing-constrained individual´s consumption- and portfolio-choice in the presence of uncertain labour-income and realistically calibrated tax- and pension systems. Pension benefits stem from both defined benefit and notionally defined contributions part, the latter being indexed to stochastic aggregate labour-income. We show that agents, depending on age and swap premium, agents will be either buyers or sellers of such a swap, and that inter-generational risk sharing can therefore be achieved.

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