Estimating background risk hedging demands from cross-sectional data
41 Pages Posted: 1 Aug 2019 Last revised: 30 Jan 2023
Date Written: January 30, 2023
Based on a theory of portfolio choice with non-tradable assets, we estimate hedging demands due to background risks before and after the Great Recession for U.S households. Hedging demands related to human capital, residential property and business assets reduce financial risk-taking, but these effects decline over the Great Recession, as does expected risk-adjusted stock market performance. We also estimate the appropriate discount rate to compute the risk-adjusted value of human capital, which declines by around 8\% over the period. Unlike previous literature requiring panel data with large time dimensions, our approach only requires cross-sectional data to identify hedging demands.
Keywords: Household Finance, Background Risk, Great Recession
JEL Classification: D14, D15, G01, G11
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