Household Stockholding Behavior During the Great Financial Crisis

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Using the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, this paper studies household stock market participation and trading behavior in 2007–09, a period that saw a major stock market downswing. The stock market participation rate fell after the market crash. We find evidence that less-educated households, poor households and households with heads belonging to a minority are the ones that dropped out of the market after the market crash. We also find that, of the households that held stocks in non-retirement accounts in 2007, a significant portion reported no stock market activity in non-retirement accounts during the crisis period.

JEL Code(s): G, G0, G01, G1, G11