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Household Portfolios and Risk Bearing over Age and Time

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  • Alessandro Bucciol

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    (Department of Economics (University of Verona))

  • Raffaele Miniaci

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    (University of Brescia)

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We exploit the US Survey of Consumer Finances from 1998 to 2007 to study households’ portfolio risk bearing. We compare four alternative measures of risk, two based on a financial portfolio and two based on a broader portfolio also including – as illiquid assets – human capital, real estate, business wealth and related debt. The measures provide a different ranking of household risk bearing, but they consistently show that risk bearing fell after 2001, and it positively correlates with wealth, income and financial sophistication. Furthermore, the risk-age profile is sensitive to the definition of portfolio, although it looks flat for many years.

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Paper provided by University of Verona, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 15/2011.

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Date of creation: Oct 2011
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Keywords: household finance; risk bearing; background risk; real estate; human capital;

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