Ladies and Gentlemen: Gender Identity and Financial Risk-Taking
2015 (English)Report (Other academic)
Novel empirical evidence indicates the importance of gender identity and gender norms on individuals’ financial risk-taking. Specifically, by use of matching and by dividing male and females into those with “traditional” versus “nontraditional” gender identities, comparison of average risk-taking between groupings indicate that over a third (about 35-40%) of the identified total gender risk differential is explained by differences in gender identities. Results further indicate that risky financial market participation is 19 percentage points higher in groups of women with nontraditional, compared with traditional, gender identities. The results, obtained while conditioning upon a vast number of controls, are robust towards a large number of alternative explanations and indicate that some individuals (mainly women) partly are fostered by society, through identity formation and socially constructed norms, to a relatively lower financial risk-taking.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 46 p.
Umeå economic studies, ISSN 0348-1018 ; 905
Investor behavior, Family effects, Peer effects, Financial literacy, Social trust
Research subject Economics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-102501OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-102501DiVA: diva2:808173