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An analysis of the determinants of risk attitudes in Ireland and the United Kingdom

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  • McQuinn, Kieran

    (Central Bank and Financial Services Authority of Ireland)

  • O’Donnell, Nuala

    (Central Bank and Financial Services Authority of Ireland)

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In this paper we avail of new data in studies of financial capability conducted separately in the United Kingdom and Ireland to model the determinants of individuals’ attitudes to risk. These risk attitudes are explored explicitly in the context of savings and investments and are modelled on the basis of socio-economic characteristics such as age, gender, region of residence and educational attainment. Furthermore, we explore the relatively complex relationship between risk attitudes and proxies of individual’s wealth levels in the context of potential reverse causation.

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Paper provided by Central Bank of Ireland in its series Research Technical Papers with number 6/RT/10.

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Length: 18 pages
Date of creation: May 2010
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Handle: RePEc:cbi:wpaper:6/rt/10

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