29 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2016
Date Written: April 22, 2016
The wealthy hand-to-mouth are households who are poor in liquid wealth (e.g., cash and checking accounts) and rich in illiquid wealth (e.g., housing and retirement accounts), while the poor hand-to-mouth are poor in both wealth. Data from the China Household Finance Survey reveal the following facts about the country’s wealthy hand-to-mouth. First, they represent the majority of the hand-to-mouth households in China. Second, they have different wealth portfolios and demographic features from the poor hand-to-mouth. Last, they have larger consumption responses to income fluctuations than non hand-to-mouth households, after controlling for income, hand-to-mouth status, and other household characteristics.
Keywords: Hand-To-Mouth, Household Portfolio, Liquidity, Consumption, China
JEL Classification: D31, E21
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