Student debt and stock-ownership decisions of U.S. households

Thomas Korankye, Michael Guillemette

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Abstract

This study contributes to the literature on the stock-holding puzzle by examining the effects of student debt on the decision of U.S. households to own stocks in non-retirement accounts. The study uses longitudinal data from the 2011 to 2017 U.S. Panel Study of Income Dynamics for the analyses. The results show that households with student debt have a lower probability of owning stocks in a non-retirement account compared to households without student debt. The results also show that the amount of student debt is associated negatively to the decision to own stocks in a non-retirement account. The findings suggest that the financial constraints associated with student debt may influence stock ownership in a non-retirement account.

Original languageEnglish
JournalApplied Economics Letters
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2020

Keywords

  • Student loan
  • debt
  • stock investment
  • stock ownership

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