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Labor income and risky assets under market incompleteness: Evidence from Italian data

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  • Grande, Giuseppe
  • Ventura, Luigi

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Theory suggests that uninsurable income risk induces individuals to accumulate assets as a precautionary reserve of value. Most assets, however, bear rate of return risk, that can be diversified only if every asset is traded by a large number of individuals and arbitrage is frictionless. Using Italian micro-data, we find evidence of income and asset risks that affect consumption. Italian households are particularly well insured against illness but not against job losses. Moreover, we detect a positive, yet weak, effect of asset holding on the variability of consumption streams across households.

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Volume (Year): 26 (2002)
Issue (Month): 2-3 (March)
Pages: 597-620

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  4. Sascha O. Becker & Mathias Hoffmann, 2008. "Equity Fund Ownership and the Cross-Regional Diversification of Household Risk," CESifo Working Paper Series 2205, CESifo Group Munich.

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