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Wealth and portfolio consumption: theory and evidence

Leape, Jonathan ORCID: 0009-0003-5731-836X and King, M. A. (1998) Wealth and portfolio consumption: theory and evidence. Journal of Public Economics, 69 (2). pp. 155-193. ISSN 0047-2727

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Identification Number: 10.1016/S0047-2727(98)00027-9


We examine a survey of 6010 U.S. households and estimate a model for household portfolio allocation. We extend the conventional portfolio choice model in order to capture the observed incompleteness of household portfolios. We show that the empirical specification of the joint discrete and continuous choice that characterizes household portfolio behavior is a switching regressions model with endogenous switching. We go on to examine the impact of taxes on portfolio composition, using detailed survey data to calculate precisely the marginal tax rate facing each household. Finally, we estimate wealth elasticities of demand for a range of assets and liabilities.

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Additional Information: © 1998 Elsevier
Divisions: Economics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
JEL classification: G - Financial Economics > G1 - General Financial Markets > G11 - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
H - Public Economics > H3 - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents > H31 - Household
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2008 16:41
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2024 00:48

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