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Title:Investing at home and abroad: Different costs, different people PDF Logo
Authors:Christelis, Dimitris
Georgarakos, Dimitris
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:CFS Working Paper 2009/28
Abstract:We investigate US households' direct investment in stocks, bonds and liquid accounts and their foreign counterparts, in order to identify the different participation hurdles affecting asset investment domestically and overseas. To this end, we estimate a trivariate probit model with three further selection equations that allows correlations among unobservables of all possible asset choices. Our results point to the existence of a second hurdle that stock owners need to overcome in order to invest in foreign stocks. Among stockholders, we show that economic resources, willingness to assume greater financial risks, shopping around for the best investment opportunities all increase the probability to invest in foreign stocks. Furthermore, we find that households who seek financial advice from relatives, friends and work contacts are less likely to invest in foreign stocks. This result corroborates the conjecture by Hong et al. (2004) that social interactions should discourage investment in foreign stocks, given their limited popularity. On the other hand, we find little evidence for additional pecuniary or informational costs associated with investment in foreign bonds and liquid accounts. Finally, we show that ignoring correlations of unobservables across different asset choices can lead to very misleading results.
Subjects:Foreign Assets
Household Finance
Stockholding
Multivariate Probit
Simulated Maximum Likelihood
Selection
JEL:C35
D14
G11
G35
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:hebis:30-73586
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:CFS Working Paper Series, Universität Frankfurt a. M.

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