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International diversification and industry-related labor income risk

  • Carolina Fugazza
  • Maela Giofre
  • Giovanna Nicodano

Do equity markets help diversifying away industry-related labor income risk? This paper reconsiders the hedging role of stock markets by focusing on international equity diversification, rather than domestic asset allocation, and on industry wage, rather than individual labor income. We test for differences in implied equilibrium equity portfolios across investors belonging to different industry-country pairs. We compare these industry-based portfolio holdings to the one that is optimal for an investor endowed with the average home-country labor income. Our results resurrect the role of equities in hedging wage risk by uncovering remarkable heterogeneity across industries within each investing country. Our analysis also delivers insights concerning the role of occupational pension funds in designing optimal portfolios for their members.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: 2010
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Handle: RePEc:cca:wpaper:192
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