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The Portfolio Choices of Hispanic Couples

  • Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
  • Vincent A. Hildebrand

This paper analyzes the portfolio allocations of couple-headed, Hispanic families using Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) data. Our results reveal that Hispanic couples as a group are less wealthy than otherwise similar white couples, although there is substantial variation across Hispanic-origin groups. Much of the disparity in portfolio choices of Hispanic relative to whites appears to stem from these lower wealth levels. Accounting for these wealth disparities, Hispanic couples hold less financial wealth, but more real estate and business equity than do white couples.

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Paper provided by McMaster University in its series Social and Economic Dimensions of an Aging Population Research Papers with number 147.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2006
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Handle: RePEc:mcm:sedapp:147
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