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Optimal Portfolio Choice and Investment in Education

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  • Egil Matsen

    () (Department of Economics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology)

  • Snorre Lindset

    () (Department of Industrial Economics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and Trondheim Business School)

Abstract

In this paper we analyze how an individual should optimally invest in her own human capital when she also has financial wealth. We treat the individual’s option to take more education as expansion options and apply real option analysis. We characterize the individual’s optimal consumption strategy and portfolio weights. The individual has a demand for hedging financial risk, labor income risk, and also wage level risk.

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  • Egil Matsen & Snorre Lindset, 2007. "Optimal Portfolio Choice and Investment in Education," Working Paper Series 8707, Department of Economics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
  • Handle: RePEc:nst:samfok:8707
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    Keywords

    Optimal portfolio choice; Investment in human capital; Hedging demand;

    JEL classification:

    • C61 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Optimization Techniques; Programming Models; Dynamic Analysis
    • D14 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Saving; Personal Finance
    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • G13 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Contingent Pricing; Futures Pricing

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