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The Relation between Financial and Housing Wealth of Dutch Households

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  • Hochguertel, Stefan

    (Convento di San Domenico)

  • van Soest, Arthur

    (Department of Econometrics and CentER)

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We analyze households' joint investment decisions for financial wealth and homes. We use a bivariate censored regression model with endogenous switching. Fixed costs or transaction costs are captured by an unobserved nonzero censoring threshold. The model allows for spill-over effects of a binding threshold for one asset on the demand for the other asset. We find that tenure choice affects the level of financial wealth. Our results do not support the view that people first accumulate financial wealth before acquiring homes.This can be due to the absence of down payments constraints in the Netherlands.

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Paper provided by Uppsala University, Department of Economics in its series Working Paper Series with number 1998:19.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: 15 Aug 1998
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Publication status: Published in Journal of Urban Economics, 2001, pages 374-403.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:uunewp:1998_019

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Keywords: Housing demand; Household saving; Portfolio choice; Limited dependent variables;

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  1. Stefan Hochguertel, 2003. "Precautionary motives and portfolio decisions," Journal of Applied Econometrics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 18(1), pages 61-77.
  2. Perraudin, William R. M. & Sorensen, Bent E., 2000. "The demand for risky assets: Sample selection and household portfolios," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 97(1), pages 117-144, July.

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