The Effect of Housing on Portfolio Choice
44 Pages Posted: 20 Sep 2016
Date Written: September 16, 2016
We show that characterizing the effects of housing on portfolios requires distinguishing between the effects of home equity and mortgage debt. We isolate exogenous variation in home equity and mortgages by using differences across housing markets in house prices and housing supply elasticities as instruments. Increases in property value (holding home equity constant) reduce stockholding, while increases in home equity wealth (holding property value constant) raise stockholding. The stock share of liquid wealth would rise by 1 percentage point – 6% of the mean stock share – if a household were to spend 10% less on its house, holding fixed wealth.
Keywords: Portfolio Choice, Housing, Household Finance, Consumption Commitments
JEL Classification: D14, G21, R29
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