The Effects of Risk Aversion on Life Insurance Ownership of Single-Parent Households
10 Pages Posted: 17 Jul 2018
Date Written: June 25, 2018
This study investigates the effect of risk aversion of single-parent households with at least one child under 18 on life insurance ownership. Analyzing the 1992-2013 Survey of Consumer Finances datasets, we found that the likelihood of owning term life insurance decreases as risk aversion increases, but the likelihood of owning cash-value life insurance increases as risk aversion increases. Smokers were less likely to own term life insurance but more likely to own cash-value life insurance than comparable non-smokers.
Keywords: Life Insurance, Risk Aversion, Investments, Single-Parent Household
JEL Classification: D12, D14, G22, J12
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