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Labor-Market Uncertainty and Portfolio Choice Puzzles

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  • Yongsung Chang

    (University of Rochester)

  • Jay H. Hong

    (Seoul National University)

  • Marios Karabarbounis

    (Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond)

The standard theory of household-portfolio choice is hard to reconcile with the following facts: (i) Households hold a small amount of equity despite the higher average rate of return. (ii) The share of risky assets increases with the age of the household. (iii) The share of risky assets is disproportionately larger for richer households. We develop a life-cycle model with age-dependent unemployment risk and gradual learning about the income profile that can address all three puzzles. Young workers, on average asset poor, face larger labor-market uncertainty because of high unemployment risk and imperfect knowledge about their earnings ability. This labor-market uncertainty prevents them from taking too much risk in the financial market. As the labor-market uncertainty is gradually resolved over time, workers can take more financial risks.

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Paper provided by University of Rochester - Center for Economic Research (RCER) in its series RCER Working Papers with number 582.

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Length: 49 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2014
Handle: RePEc:roc:rocher:582
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University of Rochester, Center for Economic Research, Department of Economics, Harkness 231 Rochester, New York 14627 U.S.A.

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