Macroeconomic Conditions and Australian Financial Risk Attitudes, 2001–2010

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West, Tracey
Worthington, Andrew C
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This paper employed panel data from the 2001-10 waves of the Household, Income, and Labor Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey to investigate the financial risk attitudes of 10,000 individuals across 6,839 households. Ordered logit models including individual and household random effects tested for changes in risk tolerance while focusing on the impact of transitory macroeconomic conditions and controlling for individual demographic and socioeconomic characteristics. We found Australians generally reduced their tolerance for risk, though higher levels of education, wealth, good health, and being self-employed indicated the increased likelihood of risk tolerance. We found macroeconomic conditions jointly significant in determining financial risk attitudes. However, the innate demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of individuals were more important at the margin.

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Journal of Family and Economic Issues

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35

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2

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© 2014 Springer US. This is an electronic version of an article published in Journal of Family and Economic Issues, June 2014, Volume 35, Issue 2, pp 263–277. Journal of Family and Economic Issues is available online at: http://link.springer.com/ with the open URL of your article.

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