Incompatible European Partners? Cultural Predispositions and Household Financial Behavior

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Michael Haliassos

Goethe University Frankfurt - House of Finance; Goethe University Frankfurt - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration; CEPR; NETSPAR; Goethe University Frankfurt - Institute for Monetary and Financial Stability (IMFS)

Thomas Jansson

Sveriges Riksbank - Research Division

Yigitcan Karabulut

Frankfurt School of Finance & Management; CEPR

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Date Written: January 27, 2015

Abstract

The Eurozone fiscal crisis has created pressure for institutional harmonization, but skeptics argue that cultural predispositions can prevent convergence in behavior. Our paper derives a robust cultural classification of European countries and utilizes unique data on natives and immigrants. Classification based on genetic distance or on Hofstede’s cultural dimensions fails to identify a single ‘southern’ culture but points to a ‘northern’ culture. Our findings support the relevance of cultural predispositions for financial behavior; and convergence of behavior over time in the face of common institutions, even for countries with great cultural distance from the country that created those institutions.

Keywords: Household portfolios, household finance, cultural and institutions

JEL Classification: Z1, G11, E21

Suggested Citation

Haliassos, Michael and Jansson, Thomas and Karabulut, Yigitcan, Incompatible European Partners? Cultural Predispositions and Household Financial Behavior (January 27, 2015). Netspar Discussion Paper No. 06/2014-028 - revised version January 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2470413 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2470413

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