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For some of my references, a space is inserted before the final period when printing a reference.

Here is a minimal example:

[file mwe.tex]

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{natbib}

\begin{document}
Example citation: \citet{stocks}

\bibliographystyle{kluwer}
\bibliography{mybib}

\end{document}

[file mybib.bib]

@article{stocks,
  title={{Household portfolios: An International Comparison}},
  author={Guiso, Luigi and Jappelli, Tullio and Haliassos, Michael},
  journal={Available at SSRN 245805},
  year={2000}
}

Here is the output I get. Note that the space is real, meaning I can select it:

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The reason you're getting a space after the journal field is that the kluwer bibliography style requires a volume field for entries of type @article. If there's no volume field, a space is inserted.

The bigger issue is that it's not right to use the @article entry type for a piece that doesn't appear to have been published as a journal article (with the journal featuring volume, number, and pages fields).

The @misc entry type seems more applicable for the entry at hand. Just change @article to @misc and journal to howpublished and recompile.

A separate comment: If you want to make it straightforward for your readers to track down a copy of this piece, it would be useful if you provided a tad more information than just "Available at SSRN 245805". E.g., the SSRN site itself suggests (\url wrapper added) the following piece of information:

howpublished = {Available at SSRN: \url{https://ssrn.com/abstract=245805}},

An MWE:

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\RequirePackage{filecontents}
\begin{filecontents}{mybib.bib}
@misc{stocks,
  title={{Household portfolios: An International Comparison}},
  author={Guiso, Luigi and Jappelli, Tullio and Haliassos, Michael},
  howpublished = {Available at SSRN: \url{https://ssrn.com/abstract=245805}},
  year={2000}
}
\end{filecontents}

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{natbib,har2nat}
\bibliographystyle{kluwer}
\usepackage[hyphens]{url}
\usepackage[colorlinks,allcolors=blue]{hyperref}

\begin{document}
Example citation: \citet{stocks}
\bibliography{mybib}
\end{document}
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    I had a similar problem with @book entries, where a space was inserted before the final period of a BibTeX entry. I realized that I included the <<Publisher>>:<<City>> information in the wrong field, leaving the actual publisher and city fields blank. Therefore a space was inserted. Apr 14, 2018 at 20:56
  • @Dr.Beeblebrox - Thanks. Indeed, if one uses an unsuitable entry type or uses invalid fields, all kinds of weird things can occur.
    – Mico
    Apr 14, 2018 at 21:27

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