Who Invests in Home Equity to Exempt Wealth from Bankruptcy?

S. Corradin, R. Gropp, H.P. Huizinga, L. Laeven

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Abstract

Homestead exemptions to personal bankruptcy allow households to retain their home equity up to a limit determined at the state level. Households that may experience bankruptcy thus have an incentive to bias their portfolios towards home equity. Using US household data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation for the period 1996-2006, we find that especially households with low net worth maintain a larger share of their wealth as home equity if a larger homestead exemption applies. This home equity bias is also more pronounced if the household head is in poor health, increasing the chance of bankruptcy on account of unpaid medical bills. The bias is further stronger for households with mortgage finance, shorter house tenures, and younger household heads, which taken together reflect households that face more financial uncertainty.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTilburg
PublisherFinance
Number of pages50
Volume2010-118
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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NameCentER Discussion Paper
Volume2010-118

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Equity
Wealth
Household
Bankruptcy
Exemption
Finance
Program participation
Uncertainty
Personal bankruptcy
Net worth
Tenure
Income
Incentives
Health
Equity home bias
Mortgages

Keywords

  • Homestead exemptions
  • Personal bankruptcy
  • Portfolio allocation
  • Home ownership

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Corradin, S., Gropp, R., Huizinga, H. P., & Laeven, L. (2010). Who Invests in Home Equity to Exempt Wealth from Bankruptcy? (CentER Discussion Paper; Vol. 2010-118). Tilburg: Finance.
Corradin, S. ; Gropp, R. ; Huizinga, H.P. ; Laeven, L. / Who Invests in Home Equity to Exempt Wealth from Bankruptcy?. Tilburg : Finance, 2010. (CentER Discussion Paper).
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Corradin, S, Gropp, R, Huizinga, HP & Laeven, L 2010 'Who Invests in Home Equity to Exempt Wealth from Bankruptcy?' CentER Discussion Paper, vol. 2010-118, Finance, Tilburg.

Who Invests in Home Equity to Exempt Wealth from Bankruptcy? / Corradin, S.; Gropp, R.; Huizinga, H.P.; Laeven, L.

Tilburg : Finance, 2010. (CentER Discussion Paper; Vol. 2010-118).

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Corradin S, Gropp R, Huizinga HP, Laeven L. Who Invests in Home Equity to Exempt Wealth from Bankruptcy? Tilburg: Finance. 2010. (CentER Discussion Paper).