Human capital and international portfolio diversification: a reappraisal

Bretscher, L, Julliard, C and Rosa, C (2016) Human capital and international portfolio diversification: a reappraisal. Journal of International Economics, 99. S78-S96. ISSN 0022-1996 OPEN ACCESS

Abstract

We study the implications of human capital hedging for international portfolio choice. First, we document that, at the household level, the degree of home country bias in equity holdings is increasing in the labor income to financial wealth ratio. Second, we show that a heterogeneous agent model in which households face short selling constraints and labor income risk, calibrated to match both micro and macro labor income and asset returns data, can both rationalize this finding and generate a large aggregate home country bias in portfolio holdings. Third, we find that the empirical evidence supporting the belief that the human capital hedging motive should skew domestic portfolios toward foreign assets, is driven by an econometric misspecification rejected by the data.

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Item Type: Article
Subject Areas: Finance
Funder Name: Economic and Social Research Council
Subjects: P > Portfolio investment
I > International financial markets
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2019 15:54
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2019 04:30
URI: http://lbsresearch.london.edu/id/eprint/1140
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