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To own or not to own? Household portfolios, demographics and institutions in a cross-national perspective

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  • Eva Sierminska

    () (LISER, Luxembourg, DIW Berlin and IZA)

  • Karina Doorley

    () (Economic and Social Research Institute, Trinity College Dublin and IZA)

Abstract

Using harmonized wealth data and a decomposition approach novel to this literature, we identify differences in determinants and in income profiles of asset and debt portfolios in European and North American countries. We find that family structure and income play a significant role in explaining cross-country differences in asset participation for the younger cohort. Large unexplained differences in non-financial asset participation remain for younger households and for debt participation among older households. In more financially developed and economically open countries, households are less likely to own housing, but more likely to be in debt. Our findings could have important implications for policy setting, suggesting a scope for the promotion of asset holdings among younger households and debt holdings to facilitate consumption smoothing among older households.

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  • Eva Sierminska & Karina Doorley, 2018. "To own or not to own? Household portfolios, demographics and institutions in a cross-national perspective," Journal of Income Distribution, Ad libros publications inc., vol. 26(1), pages 1-43, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:jid:journl:y:2018:v:26:i:1:p:1-43
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    1. Maike Damme, 2020. "Overcrowded Housing and Relationship Break-up," European Journal of Population, Springer;European Association for Population Studies, vol. 36(1), pages 119-139, March.
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    Keywords

    wealth portfolios; decomposition; institutions; demographics;

    JEL classification:

    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • J10 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - General

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