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How do households allocate their assets? Stylised facts from the Eurosystem Household Finance and Consumption Survey

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  • Luc Arrondel

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  • Laura Bartiloro

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  • Pirmin Fessler

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  • Peter Lindner

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  • Thomas Y. Mathä

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  • Cristiana Rampazzi

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  • Frederique Savignac

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  • Tobias Schmidt

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  • Martin Schürz

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  • Philip Vermeulen

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Abstract

Using the first wave of the Eurosystem Household Finance and Consumption Survey (HFCS), a large micro-level dataset on households? balance sheets in 15 euro area countries, this paper explores how households allocate their assets. We derive stylised facts on asset participation as well as levels of asset holdings and investigate the systematic relationships between household characteristics and asset holding patterns. Real assets make up the bulk of total assets. Whereas ownership of the main residence varies strongly between countries, the value of the main residence tends to be the major asset for homeowners and represents a significant part of total assets in all countries. While almost all households hold safe financial assets, a low share of households holds risky assets. The ownership rates of all asset categories generally increase with wealth (and income). The significance of inheritances for home ownership and holding of other real estate is remarkable. We tentatively link differences in asset holding patterns across countries to differences in institutions, such as mortgage market institutions and house price-to-rent ratios.

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  • Luc Arrondel & Laura Bartiloro & Pirmin Fessler & Peter Lindner & Thomas Y. Mathä & Cristiana Rampazzi & Frederique Savignac & Tobias Schmidt & Martin Schürz & Philip Vermeulen, 2014. "How do households allocate their assets? Stylised facts from the Eurosystem Household Finance and Consumption Survey," BCL working papers 94, Central Bank of Luxembourg.
  • Handle: RePEc:bcl:bclwop:bclwp094
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    Keywords

    Household financial decisions; individual portfolio choice; real and financial assets; cross-country comparisons;

    JEL classification:

    • D1 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior
    • D3 - Microeconomics - - Distribution

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