and Arthur van Soest
Stefan Hochguertel: Convento di San Domenico, Postal: European University Institute, Via dei Roccetini 9, I-50016 San Domenico di Fiesole, Italy
Arthur van Soest: Department of Econometrics and CentER, Postal: Tilburg University, P.O. Box 90153, 5000 LE Tilberg, The Netherlands
Abstract: We analyze households' joint investment decisions for financial wealth and homes. We use a bivariate censored regression model with endogenous switching. Fixed costs or transaction costs are captured by an unobserved nonzero censoring threshold. The model allows for spill-over effects of a binding threshold for one asset on the demand for the other asset. We find that tenure choice affects the level of financial wealth. Our results do not support the view that people first accumulate financial wealth before acquiring homes.This can be due to the absence of down payments constraints in the Netherlands.
28 pages, August 15, 1998
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