Can temptation explain housing choices over the life cycle?

Viola Angelini, Alessandro Bucciol, Matthew Wakefield, Guglielmo Weber*

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Abstract

We use individual life history data from 12 European countries, and duration analysis that controls for unobserved heterogeneity, to investigate whether observed patterns of investment in illiquid assets and housing are consistent with predictions based on "temptation preferences". A motivating model takes into account the standard motives for saving, but also recognises that illiquid financial assets and housing may be used by individuals who find it hard to control the temptation linked to abundant cash on hand. Even controlling for many possible motives for purchasing housing, and for unobserved heterogeneity, a large fraction of individuals become significantly more likely to buy housing after investing in illiquid assets; this finding is consistent with the predictions of the model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-261
Number of pages33
JournalManchester School
Volume88
Issue number2
Early online date2-Oct-2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar-2020

Keywords

  • bivariate mixed proportional hazard
  • duration model
  • housing
  • temptation
  • SELF-CONTROL
  • CONSUMPTION

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