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Thursday, May 21 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
E3c Hope as a Mediator of the Relationship Between Social Comparison and Financial Well-Being: A Cross-Cultural Study

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Studies have found that higher levels of social comparison are associated with higher levels of debt and lower levels of satisfaction with income. Yet social comparison seems to be a natural method for humans to examine how they are doing. Relatively little attention has been paid to mediators of these relationships. This study examines the role of hope (i.e., pathways and agency) as a mediator of the relationship between social comparison and financial well-being. It finds that while the direct effect of social comparison on financial well-being is negative, the indirect effect through hope is positive and significant. These findings suggest that the purpose and approach of social comparison may have a role to play in its effect on financial well-being. Perhaps a focus on how others are addressing financial goals rather than what they have offers a more favorable comparison.

Author(s): Pan-Ju Chen, Dee Warmath 

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Pan-Ju Chen

Ph.D. Student / Graduate Research Assistant, UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA
I am currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of Consumer Economics at the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, University of Georgia. I hold a Master’s degree in Business Administration from National Taiwan University.My research examines the impact of interpersonal relationships... Read More →

Thursday May 21, 2020 11:00am - 12:30pm CDT
Room 3