Household Financial Planning and Savings Behavior

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Dirk Brounen

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Department of Financial Management; Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM); Tinbergen Institute

Kees C. G. Koedijk

Tilburg University - Department of Finance

Rachel A.J. Pownall

Tilburg University - Department of Finance; Maastricht University - Department of Finance

Date Written: December 2015

Abstract

Greater personal responsibility towards financial decision-making is being advocated on a global basis. Individuals and households are encouraged to take a more active approach to personal finance. In this paper, we examine behavioral factors, which lead households towards savings and financial planning across a panel of 1,253 Dutch households. In line with the available literature, we find that an individual's propensity to save decreases with age and is higher among the financial literate. Moreover, we find that saving behavior varies across generations, and is significantly dominant among baby boomers. This generation effect, however, weakens once we account for more individual specifics. Our results offer evidence for parental influence, and for the effects of the psychometrics of numeracy, self-efficacy, locus of control and future orientation. A good understanding of these personality variables helps to explain why some take financial responsibility while others do not.

Keywords: consumption, intertemporal household choice, life cycle models and saving, wealth

JEL Classification: D91, E21

Suggested Citation

Brounen, Dirk and Koedijk, Kees G. and Pownall, Rachel Ann Jane, Household Financial Planning and Savings Behavior (December 2015). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP11033. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2714293

Dirk Brounen (Contact Author)

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Kees G. Koedijk

Tilburg University - Department of Finance ( email )

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Rachel Ann Jane Pownall

Tilburg University - Department of Finance ( email )

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Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands

Maastricht University - Department of Finance ( email )

Maastricht, 6200 MD
Netherlands

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