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Individual wealth accumulation: Why does dining together as a family matter?

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  • Chatterjee, Swarn
  • Palmer, Lance
  • Goetz, Joseph

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This study uses data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics to examine whether self-regulation, proxied by regularly dining together with family, is associated with better financial preparedness and greater wealth accumulation across time among households. Findings reveal that individuals who had sufficient self-regulation to regularly eat meals together with their family, increased wealth at a faster rate than others between 1994 and 2004. Moreover, those who exhibited self-regulation by frequently spending mealtime with their family showed greater preference for investment portfolio diversification. Consistent with other studies, results indicate that wealth accumulation increased with age, income, and educational attainment.

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  • Chatterjee, Swarn & Palmer, Lance & Goetz, Joseph, 2010. "Individual wealth accumulation: Why does dining together as a family matter?," MPRA Paper 26334, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 21 Aug 2010.
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    1. Ning Tang & Andrew Baker & Paula C. Peter, 2015. "Investigating the Disconnect between Financial Knowledge and Behavior: The Role of Parental Influence and Psychological Characteristics in Responsible Financial Behaviors among Young Adults," Journal of Consumer Affairs, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 49(2), pages 376-406, July.
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    Keywords

    Individual wealth; Financial behavior; Portfolio allocation; Self regulation;

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    • D03 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Behavioral Microeconomics: Underlying Principles
    • Z1 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics
    • D14 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Saving; Personal Finance

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