Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/93144
Authors: 
Schendel, Lorenz S.
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
SAFE Working Paper Series 43
Abstract: 
I numerically solve realistically calibrated life cycle consumption-investment problems in continuous time featuring stochastic mortality risk driven by jumps, unspanned labor income as well as short-sale and liquidity constraints and a simple insurance. I compare models with deterministic and stochastic hazard rate of death to a model without mortality risk. Mortality risk has only minor effects on the optimal controls early in the life cycle but it becomes crucial in later years. A diffusive component in the hazard rate of death has no significant impact, whereas a jump component is desired by the agent and influences optimal controls and wealth evolution. The insurance is used to ensure optimal bequest such that there is no accidental bequest. In the absence of the insurance, the biggest part of bequest is accidental.
Subjects: 
Stochastic mortality risk
Health jumps
Labor income risk
Portfolio choice
Insurance
JEL: 
D91
G11
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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