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Immigrant-native differences in stockholding – The role of cognitive and non-cognitive skills

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  • Luik, Marc-André
  • Steinhardt, Max Friedrich

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This paper provides new evidence on immigrant-native differences in financial behavior. We use data from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS). Although looking at long-term immigrants, we find a substantial gap in stockholding between immigrant and native households. Estimates from a probit model suggest that cognitive and non-cognitive skills are important drivers and explain part of the difference between natives and immigrants. These findings are supported by results from a Blinder-Oaxaca decomposition analysis. Our paper delivers first evidence that differences in non-cognitive and cognitive skills contribute to the explanation of the financial market participation gap between natives and immigrants.

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  • Luik, Marc-André & Steinhardt, Max Friedrich, 2016. "Immigrant-native differences in stockholding – The role of cognitive and non-cognitive skills," Journal of Empirical Finance, Elsevier, vol. 38(PA), pages 103-119.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:empfin:v:38:y:2016:i:pa:p:103-119
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jempfin.2016.05.008
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    Keywords

    Stockholding; Immigrants; Personality traits; Decomposition;

    JEL classification:

    • D14 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Saving; Personal Finance
    • G02 - Financial Economics - - General - - - Behavioral Finance: Underlying Principles
    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • J61 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers

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