Precautionary Motives and Portfolio Decisions

S. Hochgürtel

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Abstract

Theory predicts that under certain restrictions on preferences prudent consumers will allocate relatively more funds to riskless assets when there is uninsurable background risk. This paper analyzes empirically the relevance of precautionary motives for the structure of household wealth. To this end, a new and rich data source from the Netherlands is exploited. The question of primary concern is: what impact, if any, does the presence of income uncertainty have on the structure of Dutch households' portfolios? We employ various semi{parametric estimators, both for cross{sections and for panel data to assess the response of households' portfolios to uninsurable background risk. We find some, but not unanimous support for the view that portfolios become less risky as income uncertainty increases.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTilburg
PublisherEconometrics
Number of pages42
Volume1997-55
Publication statusPublished - 1997

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NameCentER Discussion Paper
Volume1997-55

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Household portfolios
Income uncertainty
Background risk
Precautionary motive
Household wealth
Data sources
Assets
Cross section
Consumer preferences
Semiparametric estimators
Panel data
The Netherlands

Keywords

  • precautionary saving
  • background risk
  • household saving
  • portfolio choice
  • application of LDV models

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Hochgürtel, S. (1997). Precautionary Motives and Portfolio Decisions. (CentER Discussion Paper; Vol. 1997-55). Tilburg: Econometrics.
Hochgürtel, S. / Precautionary Motives and Portfolio Decisions. Tilburg : Econometrics, 1997. (CentER Discussion Paper).
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