What Drives the Heterogeneity in Portfolio Choice? The Role of Institutional, Traditional, and Behavioral Factors
57 Pages Posted: 12 Oct 2016 Last revised: 11 Sep 2019
Date Written: September 9, 2019
We analyze household stock market participation and allocation in a survey covering 19 European countries. We jointly control for all relevant variables from prior studies, which typically focus on one at a time, and omit risk-aversion. Excellent full model predictive power decomposes into institutional (country) fixed effects (30%), traditional individual-level variables (50%), and more recently identified behavioral variables (20%), and a single latent factor captures 93% of total explanatory power. We sketch a hierarchical framework where factors’ effects vary by agents’ proneness to participate. We also challenge and complement existing interpretations given to IQ, sociability, trust, and life experiences.
Keywords: Household Finance, Portfolio Choice, Stock Market Participation, Investments, Risky Share
JEL Classification: D1, D14, G11, G02
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