Social Indicators Research

, Volume 118, Issue 3, pp 1103–1123 | Cite as

Financial Well-Being Components

  • Ivo Vlaev
  • Antony Elliott


The reported study advances psychological theory of well-being by offering deeper insight into the factors underlying financial well-being (FWB) in particular. An empirical investigation conducted into the determinants of FWB for two population groups, young workers and families with young children in the UK. Their financial decisions have important consequences for their households. A substantial internet survey of 654 people was conducted, which identified the most significant drivers of FWB or satisfaction, which is analogous to the measurement of subjective well-being in the domain of healthcare. The most significant finding from the regression is the significance for both groups of having control over their finances; control is even more important than the amount of available money for this population. A conclusion of the research is that the FWB would be increased if individuals could experience a greater sense of overall control of their money. In particular, financial institutions could provide products and processes to improve the FWB of their customers. There are also potential policy implications from the benefits of lower unsecured debt and increased savings to mitigate unexpected life events.


Subjective well-being Happiness Financial well-being Decision making 



We thank Charles Adriaenssens and Damian Frankcom for work on the statistical analysis and Professor James Devlin of the University of Nottingham for reviewing the regression analysis. We also thank George Kavetsos for his helpful suggestions about the manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Health PolicyImperial College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.The FairBanking FoundationLondonUK

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