Psychological factors of impulsive savings traits: survey carried out in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam

Ritzky Karina, Brahmana and Rayenda Khresna, Brahmana (2016) Psychological factors of impulsive savings traits: survey carried out in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam. International Journal of Happiness and Development, 3 (1). ISSN 2049-2790

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This paper attempts to answer an interesting but empirically challenging question: do personality, aggressiveness, and mood lead to changes in savings behaviour? This paper has adopted psychometric tests - UPPS Personality Traits, Aggressiveness (AGGR), and Happiness (POMS) - as the instruments, which were tested in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam (ASEAN-4) by using a survey mode with 2,257 respondents. The results show that an individual with aggressive behaviour tends to have compulsive behaviour in consumption by making fewer savings. The mood of an individual also induces savings behaviour. Interestingly, aggressiveness is the mediator to explain the association between mood and savings behaviour. The personality type also affects spending behaviour. However, this moderating effect of personality was only observed in Thailand and Vietnam, not in Indonesia and Malaysia. Regulators can use the findings by controlling inflation through monetary policy following the mood cycles of individuals. The findings can also be used for policymaking.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: personality, aggressiveness, happy moods, savings behaviour, compulsive behaviour, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, psychological factors, impulsive savings, psychometric tests, personality types, inflation, monetary policy, mood cycles, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Economics and Business
Depositing User: Ibrahim
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2016 19:41
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2016 19:41

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