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Asset-Price Redistribution

  • Series
  • Speaker(s)
    Benjamin Moll (London School of Economics, United Kingdom)
  • Field
  • Location
    Erasmus University Rotterdam, Campus Woudestein, Polak 3-18
  • Date and time

    November 06, 2023
    11:30 - 12:30


Over the last several decades, there has been a large increase in asset valuations across many asset classes. While these rising valuations had important effects on the distribution of wealth, little is known regarding their effect on the distribution of welfare. To make progress on this question, we develop a sufficient statistic for the money-metric welfare effect of deviations in asset valuations (i.e., changes in asset prices keeping cash flows fixed). This welfare effect depends on the present value of an individual’s net asset sales rather than asset holdings: higher asset valuations benefit prospective sellers and harm prospective buyers. We estimate this quantity using panel microdata covering the universe of financial transactions in Norway from 1994 to 2019. We find that the rise in asset valuations had large redistributive effects: it redistributed from the young towards the old and from the poor towards the wealthy.

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