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Title:Financial risk aversion and household asset diversification PDF Logo
Authors:Barasinska, Nataliya
Schäfer, Dorothea
Stephan, Andreas
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:Discussion papers // German Institute for Economic Research 807
Abstract:This paper explores the relationship between risk attitude and asset diversification in household portfolios. We first examine the impact of manifested risk aversion on the total number of distinct assets held in a portfolio (naive diversification). The second part of the paper focuses on a more sophisticated strategy of diversification and asks whether financial theory is compatible with observed diversification patterns. Based on the German Socioeconomic Panel which provides unique measures of individual propensity for taking risk, the results of the regression analysis show that, along with some socioeconomic characteristics, the propensity for taking investment risk is an important predictor of a household's diversification strategy. However, some of our findings are strongly at odds with what the concept of mean-variance utility suggests.
Subjects:household finances
diversification
financial portfolio
JEL:D14
G11
Document Type:Working Paper
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