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Financial Decision Making and Cognition in a Family Context

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  • James P. Smith
  • John J. McArdle
  • Robert Willis

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In this article, we study the association of cognitive traits and, in particular, numeracy of both spouses on financial outcomes of the family. We find significant effects, particularly for numeracy for financial and non-financial respondents alike, but much larger effects for the financial decision maker in the family. We also examine who makes these financial decisions in the family and why. Once again, cognitive traits such as numeracy are an important component of that decision with larger effects of numeracy for husbands compared to wives. Copyright © 2010 TheAuthor(s). The Economic Journal © 2010 Royal Economic Society.

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  • James P. Smith & John J. McArdle & Robert Willis, 2010. "Financial Decision Making and Cognition in a Family Context," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 120(548), pages 363-380, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecj:econjl:v:120:y:2010:i:548:p:f363-f380
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