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Saving and portfolio allocation before and after job loss

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Using administrative panel data from Norway, we investigate the development of household labor income, financial wealth and asset holdings over a nine-year period surrounding job loss. Consistent with a simple theoretical model, the data show precautionary saving and a shift toward safer assets in the years leading up to unemployment, and depletion of savings during unemployment. This suggests that at least some households can foresee and prepare for upcoming unemployment, which indicates that private savings can complement publicly provided unemployment insurance.

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  • Christoph Basten & Andreas Fagereng & Kjetil Telle, 2012. "Saving and portfolio allocation before and after job loss," Discussion Papers 672, Statistics Norway, Research Department.
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    1. Christoph Basten & Andreas Fagereng & Kjetil Telle, 2014. "Cash‐on‐hand and the Duration of Job Search: Quasi‐experimental Evidence from Norway," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 0(576), pages 540-568, May.
    2. Zaman, Rubaiya & Carannate, Maria & Ferra, Emi, 2013. "Effects of Uncertainty on Household Saving Rate," MPRA Paper 51208, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Marcus Klemm, 2012. "Job Security Perceptions and the Saving Behavior of German Households," Ruhr Economic Papers 0380, Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universität Dortmund, Universität Duisburg-Essen.
    4. Klemm, Marcus, 2012. "Job Security Perceptions and the Saving Behavior of German Households," Ruhr Economic Papers 380, RWI - Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Ruhr-University Bochum, TU Dortmund University, University of Duisburg-Essen.
    5. Guin, Benjamin, 2017. "Culture and household saving," Working Paper Series 2069, European Central Bank.
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    7. repec:aea:aecrev:v:107:y:2017:i:7:p:1778-1823 is not listed on IDEAS

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    Keywords

    unemployment; precautionary saving; consumption smoothing; household portfolios; portfolio allocation; optimal unemployment insurance;

    JEL classification:

    • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
    • E21 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Consumption; Saving; Wealth
    • E24 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Employment; Unemployment; Wages; Intergenerational Income Distribution; Aggregate Human Capital; Aggregate Labor Productivity
    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • J65 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment Insurance; Severance Pay; Plant Closings

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