Managing money: constraints and risks influencing people’s practices

Banks and institutions share a certain idea of what money is and what people have to do with it. These preconceptions structure their banking products upstream as well as their service offer to individuals. Yet, the relationship of people to money is not obvious and deserves to be investigated. Are the perception of money and its actual use in line with the assumptions of banks? These lessons come from our report on the uses of money.

Study report

Number of pages: 66

Writer Marc-Antoine Morier

Publisher: unknowns études

Year: 2017

Format: print et pdf

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TO SUM UP

Banks and institutions see money as a neutral medium that has to meet precise management standards, but people have different manners of looking at money and using it. Money has a social and emotional meaning that constrains its use as much as it allows it. In their daily management of money, individuals must reconcile two aspects: on the one hand, the preservation of its social significance and on the other hand the conformity to banking management standards.

KEY INSIGHTS

Banks and institutions share a certain idea of what money is and what people have to do with it. These preconceptions structure their banking products upstream as well as their service offer to individuals. Yet, the relationship of people to money is not obvious and deserves to be investigated. Are the perception of money and its actual use in line with the assumptions of banks? These lessons come from our report on the uses of money.

«Well, what can I tell you on you my famous calculations on budget estimates. It permits me to know how much is affected to what, etc. but ever since we had our little one my tricks don’t work anymore! I think we have largely underestimated our spendings, and, besides, our advisor calls to scold me quite often lately. »

INVESTIGATION METHOD

The field study was conducted between July 20 and August 7, 2015,  through in-depth semi-directive interviews with a panel of fifteen people. This panel was constituted of contrasted profiles, with strong differences in terms of age and life cycle, level of income and wealth, marital status and area of residence.

Protocol

Literature review

15 semi-directive interviews

Observations at interviewee's home

AUHTOR OF THIS STUDY

Marc-Antoine Morier - Strategy & Anthropology

Graduated from the EHESS, Marc-Antoine shares his expertise in Sociology and Anthropology with companies. He joined unknowns in 2017 to organize and realize the social sciences fieldwork.

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""Social sciences offer methods and tools to understand people. Using them is a good way to understand how and why they do what they do and say what they say.""

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