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Individual risk attitudes and the composition of financial portfolios: Evidence from German household portfolios
DIW Berlin and Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Economics, Finance and Statistics.
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Economics, Finance and Statistics. Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Center for Family Enterprise and Ownership (CeFEO).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5776-9396
2012 (English)In: Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, ISSN 1062-9769, E-ISSN 1878-4259, Vol. 52, no 1, p. 1-14Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper explores the relationship between the self-declared risk aversion of private investors and theirpropensity to hold incomplete portfolios of financial assets. The analysis is based on household surveydata from the German Socioeconomic Panel (SOEP) that provides a reliable measure of individual attitudestoward financial risk. Our findings suggest that more risk averse households tend to hold incompleteportfolios consisting mainly of a few risk-free assets. We also find that the propensity to acquire additionalassets is highly dependent on whether liquidity and safety needs are met.

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2012. Vol. 52, no 1, p. 1-14
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Private households, Portfolio diversification, Risk aversion
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-16766DOI: 10.1016/j.qref.2011.10.001Local ID: IHHEFSISOAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-16766DiVA, id: diva2:458212
Available from: 2011-11-23 Created: 2011-11-22 Last updated: 2018-09-05Bibliographically approved

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