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Economic integration and mature portfolios

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  • Christelis, Dimitris
  • Georgarakos, Dimitris
  • Haliassos, Michael

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This paper documents and studies sources of international differences in participation and holdings in stocks, private businesses, and homes among households aged 50+ in the US, England, and eleven continental European countries, using new internationally comparable, household-level data. With greater integration of asset and labor markets and policies, households of given characteristics should be holding more similar portfolios for old age. We decompose observed differences across the Atlantic, within the US, and within Europe into those arising from differences: a) in the distribution of characteristics and b) in the influence of given characteristics. We find that US households are generally more likely to own these assets than their European counterparts. However, European asset owners tend to hold smaller real, PPP-adjusted amounts in stocks and larger in private businesses and primary residence than US owners at comparable points in the distribution of holdings, even controlling for differences in configuration of characteristics. Differences in characteristics often play minimal or no role. Differences in market conditions are much more pronounced among European countries than among US regions, suggesting significant potential for further integration. --

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Paper provided by Center for Financial Studies (CFS) in its series CFS Working Paper Series with number 2008/05.

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Keywords: Integration; Aging; Household Portfolios; Stockholding; Private Business; Housing; Counterfactual Decompositions; Quantile Regression;

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