Expected Bequests and Current Wealth of Older Households

Christelis, D. and Weber, G. (2011) Expected Bequests and Current Wealth of Older Households. Working Paper. Social Science Research Network. (doi:10.2139/ssrn.1730233).

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We use the subjective probabilities of bequests to be given in the future and current asset holdings, as reported in three household surveys (HRS, ELSA, and SHARE) covering thirteen countries, in order to assess whether, and to what extent, households plan to decumulate assets in old age. We model intended bequests as a function of household demographic and economic characteristics, and estimate their expected value using quasi-maximum likelihood methods. By comparing the current wealth holdings with the expected intended bequests we compute the pattern of future saving by households, and assess its cross-country variability with respect to housing wealth.

Item Type:Research Reports or Papers (Working Paper)
Keywords:Household saving, bequests, expectations.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Christelis, Dr Dimitris
Authors: Christelis, D., and Weber, G.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Economics
Publisher:Social Science Research Network
Published Online:24 December 2010

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