Stock Market Participation with Formal versus Informal Housing Debt

34 Pages Posted: 30 Jan 2020 Last revised: 6 Feb 2023

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Jie Yang

Capital University of Economics and Business and Stony Brook Univedrsity

Danling Jiang

College of Business, Stony Brook University

Keli Xiao

College of Business, Stony Brook University

Date Written: February 6, 2023

Abstract

We study the effects of mortgage debt and informal home loans on stock ownership. Mortgage debt is typically originated with licensed financial institutions while informal home loans are obtained from private lending. Using the China Household Finance Survey data, we show that mortgage debt has a positive relationship, while informal home loans have a negative relationship, with a household’s likelihood and degree of subsequent stock market participation. Instrumental variable estimates identify a causal impact of these effects. Further tests demonstrate cross-sectional variations of these effects across urban development, education, financial literacy, loan interest rate, maturity, and funding sources.

Keywords: Stock market participation; Risky asset share; Mortgage debt; Informal finance; Housing

JEL Classification: D10, G11, G51

Suggested Citation

Yang, Jie and Jiang, Danling and Xiao, Keli, Stock Market Participation with Formal versus Informal Housing Debt (February 6, 2023). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3516166 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3516166

Jie Yang

Capital University of Economics and Business and Stony Brook Univedrsity ( email )

Beijing
China

Danling Jiang (Contact Author)

College of Business, Stony Brook University ( email )

306 Harriman Hall
Stony Brook, NY 11794
United States

HOME PAGE: http://sites.google.com/site/danlingjiang

Keli Xiao

College of Business, Stony Brook University ( email )

306 Harriman Hall
Stony Brook, NY 11794
United States

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