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Catch me if I fall: Cross-national differences in willingness to take financial risks as a function of social and state ‘cushioning’

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  • Dennis D. Fehrenbacher

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  • Claudia R Schneider

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  • Elke U. Weber

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    Knowledge about the existence and source of national differences in willingness to take risks plays a vital role in ensuring successful communication, collaboration, and understanding across countries, from the personal to the organizational and political/social domain. The current study investigates differences in financial risk-taking willingness between countries as a function of social and state ‘cushioning’, i.e. the extent of a person’s social support network and the state’s social-safety support network. The study compares large-scale household data and self-reports on willingness to take financial risks across three countries differing in their state support networks: Austria, Italy and the United States. Results show that personal social support network size influences risk-taking willingness (social cushioning). Furthermore, and most notably, we find evidence of an interactive relationship between social and state cushioning. High state cushioning renders the influence of social cushioning on financial risk-taking willingness less important. Contributions to management and business practice as well as theory on the influence of personal distance to financial support on risk-taking willingness are discussed.

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    Paper provided by LIS Cross-National Data Center in Luxembourg in its series LWS Working papers with number 16.

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    Length: 37 pages
    Date of creation: May 2017
    Publication status: Published in forthcoming in International Business Review, 2017
    Handle: RePEc:lis:lwswps:16
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