Modelling Financial Satisfaction across Life Stages

A Latent Class Approach
AuthorsSarah Brown, Robert Durand, Mark Harris, Tim Weterings
PublishedMay 2014
PublisherCurtin University
Number of Pages37


We explore the determinants of …financial satisfaction using a modelling framework which allows the drivers of fi…nancial satisfaction to vary across life stages. Given that fi…nancial satisfaction is measured as an ordered variable, our modelling approach is based on a latent class ordered probit model with an ordered probit class assignment function. Our analysis of household survey data indicates that four life stages are supported by the data. Our results suggest that such ‡exibility is important in understanding the drivers of …financial satisfaction over the life cycle since there is a substantial amount of parameter heterogeneity across the four classes.