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Do Contracts Impact Comprehensive Financial Advice?

Published in Financial Services Review (2009)
   with Michael S. Finke and Sandra J. Huston

Proceedings:
- 2009 American Council on Consumer Interests Annual Meeting
- 2009 Southwestern Finance Association Annual Meeting

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Delegating management of financial decisions may involve both direct and agency costs. We hypothesize that contracting differences between financial planners and brokers may lead to differences in life insurance adequacy. Using nationally representative data, we estimate the impact of the use of planners and brokers on holding life insurance that replaces a minimum threshold of human capital. Descriptive and multivariate analyses of insurance adequacy are consistent with the hypothesis that contracting matters. Those who rely primarily on financial planners are more likely to have adequate life insurance holdings, while those who rely on the advice of brokers are no more likely to have adequate life insurance than respondents who receive no professional financial advice.

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