Racial disparities in life insurance coverage

Timothy F. Harris, Aaron Yelowitz
2017 Applied Economics  
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 after controlling for other factors, especially employer-sponsored and whole life insurance. We demonstrate that our findings diverge from prior work because we examine all households instead of focusing exclusively on married and cohabitating
more » ... eholds. The findings on life insurance coverage and composition imply that earnings shocks due to mortality are not a contributing factor to racial disparities in wealth.
doi:10.1080/00036846.2017.1319562 fatcat:3cdv7slkrnci3osp2vj5c7fyty