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Risk Attitudes as an Independent Predictor of Debt

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  • Michael Daly

    (UCD Geary Institute,University College Dublin and School of Psychology,Trinity College Dublin)

  • Liam Delaney

    (UCD Geary Institute,School of Economics and School of Public Health & Population Science,University College Dublin)

  • Séamus McManus

    (UCD Geary Institute,University College Dublin and School of Business & Economics,Maastricht University)

Abstract

This paper examines how attitudes to risk relate to other psychological constructs of personality and consideration of future consequences (a proxy for time preferences) and how risk attitudes relate to credit behaviour and debt holdings. There is a small correlation between risk attitudes and consideration of future consequences. As regards personality, risk attitudes are most positively related to extraversion and openness to experience and are negatively related to neuroticism. Risk willingness is a robust predictor of debt holdings even controlling for demographics, personality, consideration of future consequences and other covariates.

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Paper provided by Geary Institute, University College Dublin in its series Working Papers with number 201049.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: 28 Oct 2010
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Handle: RePEc:ucd:wpaper:201049

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  1. Dohmen Thomas & Falk Armin & Huffman David & Sunde Uwe & Schupp Jürgen & Wagner Gert, 2009. "Individual Risk Attitudes: Measurement, Determinants and Behavioral Consequences," ROA Research Memorandum 007, Maastricht University, Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA).
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  1. Papers on Personality and Economics
    by Liam Delaney in Economics and Psychology Research on 2012-04-18 10:30:00
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  1. Liam Delaney & Colm Harmon & Martin Ryan, 2011. "The Role of Noncognitive Traits in Undergraduate Study Behaviours," Working Papers 201132, Geary Institute, University College Dublin.

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