An exploratory investigation of the relation between risk tolerance scores and demographic characteristics

Hallahan, T, Faff, R and Mckenzie, M 2003, 'An exploratory investigation of the relation between risk tolerance scores and demographic characteristics', Journal of Multinational Financial Management, vol. 13, no. Issues 4-5, pp. 483-502.


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Title An exploratory investigation of the relation between risk tolerance scores and demographic characteristics
Author(s) Hallahan, T
Faff, R
Mckenzie, M
Year 2003
Journal name Journal of Multinational Financial Management
Volume number 13
Issue number Issues 4-5
Start page 483
End page 502
Total pages 19
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract This study examines the relationship between a psychometrically derived measure of subjective financial risk tolerance and a range of demographic characteristics that are widely used as a basis for heuristically derived estimates of investors' attitudes towards financial risk. The validity of widely used demographics such as gender, age, income and wealth as determinants of risk tolerance is supported, although the relationships found are not as simple as implied by the demographic heuristics. In particular, risk tolerance exhibits concavity in respect to income across all age groups and irrespective of gender. However, education, marital status and dependents, which have been found to be significant in previous studies, were not found to be significant determinants of an individual's attitude towards risk in this study.
Subject Financial Economics
DOI - identifier 10.1016/S1042-444X(03)00022-7
Copyright notice Copyright © 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
ISSN 1042-444x
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