The Comprehensive Wealth of Older Immigrants and Natives
Social Security Bulletin. 79(4): 25-68, 2019
44 Pages Posted: 25 Nov 2019
Date Written: November 15, 2019
This article compares the retirement preparations of immigrant and native-born Americans aged 51 or older. The authors estimate the present value of future income streams in calculating measures of comprehensive wealth and an annualized equivalent. In addition to some significant differences in median annualized wealth between immigrants and natives, the authors find that the most recent waves of immigrants are more financially vulnerable in retirement than earlier immigration cohorts were at similar ages. With a decomposition analysis, the authors estimate how much of the immigrant-native wealth gap is attributable to differences in observable characteristics and how much is attributable to differences in returns to those characteristics.
Keywords: Immigration; housing; comprehensive wealth; precautionary saving
JEL Classification: G11, G22, D91, E21
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