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Efficient Portfolios when Housing Needs Change over the Life-Cycle

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  • Loriana Pelizzon

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    (Department of Economics, University Of Venice CĂ  Foscari)

  • Guglielmo Weber

    (Department of Economics, University of Padua)

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We address the issue of the efficiency of household portfolios in the presence of housing risk. We treat housing stock as an asset and rents as a stochastic liability stream: over the life-cycle, households can be short or long in their net housing position. Efficient financial portfolios are the sum of a standard Markowitz portfolio and a housing risk hedge term that multiplies net housing wealth. Our empirical results show that net housing plays a key role in determining which household portfolios are inefficient. The largest proportion of inefficient portfolios obtains among those with positive net housing, who should invest more in stocks.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Venice "Ca' Foscari" in its series Working Papers with number 2007_31.

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Date of creation: 2007
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Keywords: Housing and portfolio choice; Portfolio efficiency; Rental risk; Life-cycle.;

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