Financial Decisions of Minorities Post-2008
38 Pages Posted: 5 Aug 2017 Last revised: 26 Jan 2023
Date Written: January 26, 2023
We study the financial behavior of minorities over 2007-09. We find that after 2008 and compared to White Americans, African Americans and Hispanics have a higher propensity to increase risk tolerance, optimism, and allocations to risky assets and lower probability of exiting the stock market. These findings cannot be explained by changes in wealth or income, and we speculate that they may be due to the positive effects of the election of President Obama. Specifically, we find that the change in behavior by minorities from 2007 to 2009 is consistent with minorities updating their beliefs about future economic outcomes.
Keywords: Risk tolerance, optimism, stock ownership, asset allocation, wealth gap, SCF, presidential elections.
JEL Classification: D14, G11, J15
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