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The impact of the recession on the wealth of older immigrant and native households in the United States

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  • Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes

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  • Susan Pozo

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Using the 2006 and 2010 Health and Retirement Study, we explore how the recent recession impacted the wealth holding and retirement plans of older households in the United States. Of particular interest to us is whether the impact on household asset ownership, asset wealth and household retirement behavior varied with the nativity of the household and its standing in the wealth distribution prior to the onset of the recession. We find that the so-called Great Recession made a significant dent on the portfolios of older American households by eroding the value of specific assets to the point of delaying their planned retirement. Furthermore, its impacts were unevenly distributed across demographic and economic groups, with mixed and immigrant households in the middle and top wealth quartiles prior to the recession enduring significantly larger wealth losses than natives due, primarily, to their greater losses in primary housing ownership and primary housing values. JEL codes: D31; J26 Copyright Amuedo-Dorantes and Pozo; licensee Springer. 2015

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  • Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes & Susan Pozo, 2015. "The impact of the recession on the wealth of older immigrant and native households in the United States," IZA Journal of Labor Policy, Springer;Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit GmbH (IZA), vol. 4(1), pages 1-27, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:izalpo:v:4:y:2015:i:1:p:1-27:10.1186/s40173-015-0033-x
    DOI: 10.1186/s40173-015-0033-x
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    Keywords

    Great recession; Wealth; Older households; Immigrants; Natives;

    JEL classification:

    • D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
    • J26 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Retirement; Retirement Policies

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