We evaluate the extent to which there are racial disparities in life insurance coverage using multiple years of the Survey of Income and Program Participation between 2001 and 2010. We find that African Americans hold significantly more life insurance–especially whole life insurance–after controlling for other factors. We demonstrate that our findings diverge from prior work because we examine all households instead of focusing exclusively on married and cohabitating households. Although earning shocks due to mortality likely contribute to racial disparities in wealth, the influence is mitigated by the racial composition of life insurance holdings.
|Number of pages||14|
|State||Published - Jan 2 2018|
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- Life insurance
- racial disparities
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Economics and Econometrics