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Housing valuation, wealth perception, and households’ portfolio composition

Sofia Vale and Francisco Camões

No 10565, EcoMod2017 from EcoMod

Abstract: This paper empirically explores the relationship between wealth perception from homeownership and households’ preference towards asset categories pooled by risk. We aim to show that owning a residential property that faces an increase of its market value contributes to allocate wealth to other risk categories of assets within the same portfolio. We use household survey data from the Household Finance and Consumption Survey to obtain a measure of the rate of housing valuation to be used in regressions against shares of safe, medium risk, and risky assets from a single portfolio. Shares are treated as total wealth fraction and estimated with both fractional multinomial logit models and fractional logit models. Our findings indicate robust empirical evidence that perceived wealth from the rate of housing valuation matters to portfolio choices. The estimations predict that an increase in the rate of housing valuation increases the demand for risky assets of mixed type, together with negative effects on the demand for safe deposits held within the strictly financial portfolio.

Keywords: Portugal; Miscellaneous; Finance (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017-07-04
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