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Rieger, Jörg
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Discussion Paper Series, University of Heidelberg, Department of Economics 568
In this paper we study the effects of financial integration on risk-sharing. Conventional macroeconomic theory suggests that the integration of financial markets improves welfare. In contrast to the literature we assume that households have heterogeneous beliefs. Because of the differences in beliefs, households are not only sharing the risk but also speculating. We show that with speculation, financial integration can increase the risk in the economy and that a full financial integration is not always beneficial. We also have a numerical example for a small set of countries and show that the losses due to heterogeneous beliefs are small.
Heterogeneous Beliefs
Financial Integration
Incomplete Markets
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