This article used a large nationally representative longitudinal dataset to explore the association between changing socioeconomic factors and household consumption of life insurance across time. This study specifically examined the association between changes in wealth and life insurance consumption controlling for household characteristics and psychosocial factors. Empirical results indicate that during the 2004-2008 period, an increase in net worth was positively associated with purchases of additional cash value life insurance at the household level. Women and Black households were also more likely to increase their life insurance consumption during this period. Saving intention was likewise found to be positively associated with an increase in household life insurance consumption. Results suggest that life insurance acts a complement to, rather than substitute for, wealth. Implications of the findings of this study for individual investors, scholars and practitioners have been included.
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Heo, Wookjae; Grable, John E.; and Chatterjee, Swan, "Life Insurance Consumption as a Function of Wealth Change" (2013). Consumer Sciences Faculty Publications. 10.