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Wealth holdings and portfolio allocation of older couples: the role of spouses' marital history

Ulker, Aydogan


This paper analyses the role of the elderly couples’ past marital history in determining their current wealth holdings and portfolio allocation using data from the first wave of the Health and Retirement Study. The results suggest that, for those who remarry after divorce, there is recovery from the negative shocks of marital breakdowns, which occur earlier in the life cycle. While the net cost of divorce in terms of household wealth accumulation is higher for men than it is for women, in the...[Show more]

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Date published: 2004
Type: Working/Technical Paper


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