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American Economic Journal : Microeconomics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 83)
Contabilidad y Negocios     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 25)
Entrepreneurship Education     Hybrid Journal  
Entrepreneurship Research Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Family Business Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20)
Handbook of Population and Family Economics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
International Journal of Entrepreneurship     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 16)
International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 32)
International Journal of Globalisation and Small Business     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Journal of Entrepreneurship Education     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Family and Economic Issues     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Journal of Family Business Strategy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Innovation and Entrepreneurship     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Journal of Management Analytics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
KCA Journal of Business Management     Open Access  
Local Economy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Professions and Professionalism     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
Review of Economic Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 201)
Small Business Economics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Small Enterprise Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Small Group Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Universal Journal of Industrial and Business Management     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
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Journal of Family and Economic Issues
Journal Prestige (SJR): 0.587
Citation Impact (citeScore): 1
Number of Followers: 4  
  Hybrid Journal Hybrid journal (It can contain Open Access articles)
ISSN (Print) 1573-3475 - ISSN (Online) 1058-0476
Published by Springer-Verlag Homepage  [2626 journals]
  • Resource Well-Being among Family Child Care Business Owners
    • Abstract: Family child care, a paid child care service operated out of a care provider’s home, is a common child care choice for working parents. While studies show positive associations between providers’ income and care quality, little is known about their resource management and perceived resource well-being. Using surveys and interviews, this study explored the association between household income and overall perceived resource well-being among seven family child care providers in the Los Angeles, California area. The surveys offered providers’ demographic information and characteristics about their child care businesses. The analysis of the interview data identified four resource well-being themes regarding perceptions about: past and present economic situations, demands on time, contributions providers’ family members make to support the business functions, and quality and availability of community resources. The findings suggest household income predicts little about how providers perceive their overall resource well-being. Understanding income as only a part of resource management may better elucidate links between income and child care quality. Discussions include implications for financial counselors and planners.
      PubDate: 2019-03-12
      DOI: 10.1007/s10834-019-09620-8
  • Introduction to the Special Issue on Student Loan Debt
    • PubDate: 2019-03-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10834-019-09608-4
  • Framing the Human Capital Investment Decision: Examining Gender Bias in
           Student Loan Borrowing
    • Abstract: Recent literature suggests that the persistent gender wage gap, joined with a larger proportion of student loan debt, reduces the financial benefits of a college degree for women. Grounded in the theory of human capital and behavioral finance, this study investigates gender differences in student loan decisions using an experimental survey design with the online data collection. Participants (n = 1926) were randomly assigned to a treatment scenario about whether to enter college or the workforce that was manipulated by attribute frames of a gain, loss, or aspiration and varied by the gender of the character in a hypothetical scenario. The attribute frames did not influence the evaluation of student loan decisions. No significant gender differences were found in the evaluation of student loan borrowing or the experimental treatment scenarios, suggesting societal movement towards more gender-neutral attitudes regarding student loan borrowing and degree-seeking motivations.
      PubDate: 2019-03-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10834-018-9603-6
  • College Student Financial Wellness: Student Loans and Beyond
    • Abstract: Financial wellness is multidimensional, incorporating all aspects of a person’s financial situation, including their awareness of their financial situation, goal setting to maintain or improve their current financial situation, and the capability to put these goals into action. This review explores key aspects of college student financial wellness and financial behavior including use of credit cards and student loans, financial literacy, financial stress, and financial self-efficacy. This review also incorporates new information from the multi-institutional Study on Collegiate Financial Wellness, which adds depth to understanding of college student financial wellness in unique ways. Colleges and universities can and should contribute to the ongoing development of the financial capability of the college student population. To effectively plan and implement financial wellness initiatives on campus, understanding the needs of students on our campuses and how finances influence the day-to-day lives of students is critical.
      PubDate: 2019-03-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10834-018-9593-4
  • Financial Socialization, Financial Education, and Student Loan Debt
    • Abstract: This study examines the role of financial socialization, financial knowledge, and receiving financial education on student loan repayment behaviors and related financial stress, as reported by the participants. From an analysis of the 2015 National Financial Capability Study dataset, we find that individuals who received financial education in an academic or professional setting were less likely to be late on student loan payments or worry about their student loan debt. Additionally, those who received both financial education and learned about finances from their parents were even less likely to worry about their student loan debt. The broader implications of the main findings for financial counselors, therapists, and planners are also discussed.
      PubDate: 2019-03-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10834-018-9589-0
  • Measuring Aversion to Debt: An Experiment Among Student Loan Candidates
    • Abstract: Debt aversion, an unwillingness to enter into a financial contract framed or labeled as debt, distorts household investment and financing decisions. We test through an experiment for the presence of debt aversion among a relevant population. The tests allow us to identify two sources of debt aversion: one due to framing (as debt or as an income-contingent contract) and another due to labeling (as a loan or as a human capital contract). Most of the debt aversion we identified was due to labeling. Labeling a contract as a loan decreased its probability of being chosen over a financially equivalent contract and increased its perceived cost.
      PubDate: 2019-03-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10834-018-9601-8
  • The Changing Nature of the Association Between Student Loan Debt and
           Marital Behavior in Young Adulthood
    • Abstract: In this study, we compared young adults from the NLSY 1979 and the NLSY 1997 to examine how the relationship between student debt and the likelihood of marrying changed across cohorts, in light of the growing acceptance of non-marital cohabitation. In the 1997 cohort, student loan debt among college-attending young adults was associated with delays in marriage, but not in the 1979 cohort. Among men, the positive association between education debt and marriage in the 1979 cohort was no longer evident for the 1997 cohort of young men. Our findings provide further evidence that rising student debt is reshaping relationship formation among college-going youth, and that as cohabitation has become more widespread, social and economic disparities in who marries without cohabiting first have increased.
      PubDate: 2019-03-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10834-018-9591-6
  • Student Loans, Health, and Life Satisfaction of US Households: Evidence
           from a Panel Study
    • Abstract: As student loan debt among US households continues to rise, the resulting debt burden may have consequences for multiple aspects of life, including household health and well-being. Using panel data from 2011, 2013, and 2015 waves of the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID), this study investigated whether student loans are associated with self-reported health, psychological problems, and perceived life satisfaction. The results demonstrate that student loan debt was negatively associated with the life satisfaction and psychological well-being of respondents after controlling for other types of debt, such as medical and credit card debt, assets and income, and a number of other sociodemographic factors. Student loan debt from previous periods was also negatively associated with the health status of Hispanic respondents. The policy implications discussed in this study are relevant in the light of increasing higher education costs and debt burdens in America. The key findings from this study have policy implications for the long-term effects of student loans on life satisfaction, health, and well-being over time.
      PubDate: 2019-03-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10834-018-9594-3
  • The Influence of Student Loan Debt on Financial Satisfaction
    • Abstract: This research examined the influence of student loan debt on financial satisfaction using a sample of adults ages 18–54 from the 2015 National Financial Capability Study (NFCS). The study took advantage of the expanded set of variables related to student loan debt that was added to the 2015 wave of the NFCS survey. Results provided mixed evidence of student loan debt serving as an influential factor on consumer financial satisfaction. Whereas borrowing from multiple sources (federal and private) or private lenders only was associated with a lower likelihood of respondents indicating that they would make the same borrowing decisions, having student loan debt was not significantly associated with financial satisfaction. Implications for policy are considered.
      PubDate: 2019-03-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10834-018-9599-y
  • American Young Adults’ Debt and Psychological Distress
    • Abstract: This study explored the impact of student loan and credit card debt on young people’s psychological distress. Targeting American young adults ages 18–28, we examined the impacts of student loan and credit card debt on psychological distress and estimated their relative magnitude using five biannual waves from the Transition into Adulthood Study. Fixed-effects models investigated whether changes in debts led to changes in psychological distress. Increases of $1000 in student loan and credit card debt resulted in 6% and 4% higher odds of distress, respectively. Comparison showed credit card debt inflicted twice as much stress. Implications on young adults’ debt reduction and distress alleviation are addressed.
      PubDate: 2019-03-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10834-018-9605-4
  • Sharing or Limiting the Wealth' Coresidence, Parental Support, and
           Wealth Outcomes in Canada
    • Abstract: This paper examines the relationship between coresidence with adult children, wealth, and economic security using data from the 1999–2012 Canadian Survey of Financial Security (SFS). The results, obtained via propensity score matching and linear regression, show that coresidence with and parental support for adult children is negatively associated with non-home assets and positively associated with debt levels among Canadian households. Further analyses suggest that these relationships stem from differences in financial assets, retirement savings, student loan debt, and credit card balances. By linking theories of economic insecurity, social capital, and life course studies, this study demonstrates how changing trajectories among young adults and financial hardship can influence broader household resources and stability.
      PubDate: 2019-03-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10834-018-9588-1
  • Determinants of Household Alcohol and Tobacco Expenditures in Turkey
    • Abstract: In line with the recommendation by the World Health Organization (WHO), prices are used as policy instruments in many countries in discouraging the consumption of alcohol and tobacco products. Due to the complexity in the interplay of the household sociodemographic and economic factors in these countries, the effectiveness of price-related intervention tends to be limited in scope and unsustainable. We aim at determining the key factors in the spending decisions and the levels of spending on alcohol and tobacco products using a multivariate sample selection model, estimated with recent survey data collected by the Turkish Statistical Institute. We identify a number of sociodemographic and economic factors related to the excessive use of these products in the country. These findings can inform policy deliberation in curbing the use of alcohol and tobacco products.
      PubDate: 2019-02-25
      DOI: 10.1007/s10834-019-09619-1
  • Relational and Sexual Costs of Materialism in Couple Relationships: An
           Actor–Partner Longitudinal Study
    • Abstract: This study examined the relational and sexual costs of materialism in couple relationships. Path analyses utilizing an actor–partner interdependence model (APIM) based on social comparison theory longitudinally predicted relationships across three waves of data over two years. Respondents included 338 couples (married and cohabiting) who participated in three waves of the (Day et al. 2016) Project. Women’s goods materialism at Time 2 was also directly related to their own (positively) and their partner’s (negatively) sexual satisfaction at Time 3. Men’s image materialism at Time 2 was directly and negatively related to their own commitment at Time 2 and their goods materialism at Time 2 was directly and negatively related to their own Time 2 relationship satisfaction. We also identified negative indirect associations between men’s T2 image and goods materialism and men’s and women’s T3 relationship satisfaction. This study provided evidence of the concurrent and longitudinal associations of materialism and relationship and sexual satisfaction using dyadic data. Implications for family life educators and therapists are explored.
      PubDate: 2019-02-23
      DOI: 10.1007/s10834-019-09617-3
  • Periodic Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Payment, Financial Stress and
           Wellbeing: A Longitudinal Study
    • Abstract: The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) addresses the economic needs of low-income families, but its annual distribution in one lump-sum limits recipients’ ability to handle financial emergencies that arise throughout the year. We examine the relationship between an advanced periodic payment of the EITC and recipients’ wellbeing. We compare the perceived financial stress of recipients receiving a traditional lump-sum payment to a group that received four advanced payments spread throughout the year. Periodic payment recipients experienced significantly lower levels of perceived financial stress. This relationship was partly mediated by less need to borrow money, lower levels of food insecurity, and fewer unpaid bills. Therefore, periodic payments may enhance the positive association between the EITC and the financial wellbeing of families.
      PubDate: 2019-02-20
      DOI: 10.1007/s10834-019-09618-2
  • Are Asian Households in the U.S. More Likely than Other Households to Help
           Children with College Costs'
    • Abstract: We test whether Asian parents place more importance on helping their children with college costs than parents in other racial/ethnic groups. Some previous research has shown that Asian parents are more likely than comparable White parents to list saving for college as an important goal, but does that indicate that they place more importance on helping their children with college costs' Descriptive analyses of the 2013 Survey of Consumer Finances indicate that Asian parents are more likely than White parents to (1) expect to contribute to their children’s college costs and (2) list college as an important saving goal. Our logistic regression controlling for household characteristics shows that among households with at least one child age 13 to 17, Asian parents are not different from parents with other racial/ethnic identification in expecting to contribute to their children’s college costs. Controlling for household characteristics and expecting to contribute to their children’s college costs, White parents have less than half of the odds of listing college as an important saving goal as Asian parents. However, listing college as a saving goal may not be a good indicator of the importance placed by parents of college for their children, as there are other ways to help with college costs, including borrowing, contributing out of current income, and some parents may consider the goal as having been met by their own previous savings or the savings of relatives.
      PubDate: 2019-02-14
      DOI: 10.1007/s10834-019-09614-6
  • Peer Effects Among Teachers: A Study of Retirement Investments
    • Abstract: Using a unique matched-panel dataset that combines detailed demographic information from the Florida Department of Education’s annual survey of school districts with investment information from the Florida State Board of Administration for 2002–2009, this paper looks for the presence of peer effects among Florida Defined Contribution plan participants at the school level. Overall, the regression results suggest a small, but significant peer effect on asset allocations and activity level. A 1 standard deviation change in initial peer equity yielded a 0.04 standard deviation change in equity reallocation. This is in comparison to a 1 standard deviation change in the individual’s own initial equity allocation, which would yield a 0.16 standard deviation change in equity allocation. For activity level, a 5.2% change in peer activity level increased the likelihood of a participant being active by 1.8%. The findings are reinforced by similar analysis using false peer groups. These findings suggest the presence of a social multiplier for coworker investment decisions.
      PubDate: 2019-02-08
      DOI: 10.1007/s10834-019-09616-4
  • International Remittances and Subjective Wellbeing in Sub-Saharan Africa:
           A Micro-level Study
    • Abstract: According to United Nations reports, in 2017, there were about 24.6 million Africans living outside of Africa. As a corollary, remittances to the continent have increased tremendously, exceeding official development assistance. The present paper examined whether receiving international remittances is correlated with the subjective wellbeing of relatives left behind in Africa. Using data from the Round 6 of the Afrobarometer Surveys in 32 Sub-Saharan African countries, our results from ordinary least squares, instrumental variable two-stage least squares, ordered probit, and instrumental variable probit regressions revealed unambiguously that receiving remittances exert a positive and statistically significant effect on subjective wellbeing at the 0.1% level. Specifically, we found that a unit increase in the frequency with which people receive remittances is associated with a 0.0660-point increase in subjective wellbeing, ceteris paribus. Moreover, a unit increase in receiving remittances increases the probability that the respondent would report having good and very good living conditions by about 1.67% and 0.44%, respectively.
      PubDate: 2019-02-05
      DOI: 10.1007/s10834-019-09615-5
  • The Effect of Maternity Leave Expansions on Fertility Intentions: Evidence
           from Switzerland
    • Abstract: We study the effect of the expansion of the mandatory paid maternity leave, implemented in Switzerland in 2005, on individuals’ fertility intentions. Earlier literature found evidence of fertility increases induced by maternity leave expansions from other countries of a relatively large magnitude of 1 year. The expansion that we consider was smaller, from 8 unpaid weeks to 14 mandatory paid weeks, and thus its effect on fertility decisions is less evident ex ante. Nevertheless, we find that it positively impacts fertility planning even though, by construction, our model specification cannot capture its full effect. The strongest effects are elicited in the subsamples of men, individuals with two children, and individuals aged between 31 and 36. There are several channels through which the maternity leave expansion may affect individuals’ child planning, all indicative of a positive effect on the fertility rate.
      PubDate: 2019-01-31
      DOI: 10.1007/s10834-019-09609-3
  • Intergenerational Transmission of Entrepreneurial Activity in Spanish
    • Abstract: This paper empirically analyzes the existence of intergenerational transmission of entrepreneurial activity, from parents to children within Spanish families. We used data from the Survey of Household Finances (Bank of Spain) for the years 2002, 2005, 2008, 2011, and 2014, which allowed us to identify entrepreneurs as self-employed workers. The entrepreneurial activity of individuals was studied as a function of individual and parental demographics and labor characteristics. We found a significant correlation between the entrepreneurial activity of parents and children, which appeared to have remained unchanged during the last decade and the years of the economic crisis. Furthermore, the intergenerational transmission of occupation from parents to children was stronger for entrepreneurs than for employees.
      PubDate: 2019-01-29
      DOI: 10.1007/s10834-019-09613-7
  • Does the Presence of a Disabled Person in the Household Affect the
           Employment Probabilities of Cohabiting Women' Evidence from Italy,
           France and the UK
    • Abstract: This paper investigates how the presence of a disabled person in the household affects the employment probabilities of cohabiting women. Using a unique data source and a dynamic probit model accounting for unobserved heterogeneity and endogenous initial conditions, we analyze Italy, France, and the UK, three countries that diverge substantially in terms of welfare system regimes, family and employment policies, and social norms. In line with care theory suggestions, we find that in Italy, where formal caring services are limited, and the male breadwinner model persists, women see reduced employment possibilities when cohabiting with disabled persons. In France and the UK, where family and employment policies, such as low-cost formal care and part-time jobs, provide some support for women in reconciling unpaid and paid work, the presence of a disabled person increases employment probabilities. In disentangling the contributions of disability benefits, it appears that they might provide financial resources to support formal caregiving and, therefore, mitigate the caregiving responsibilities of women.
      PubDate: 2019-01-25
      DOI: 10.1007/s10834-019-09612-8
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