Financial Behavior of Russian Population under Crisis Phenomena

Financial Behavior of Russian Population under Crisis Phenomena

Krasovskaya Nadezhda (Tyumen State University, Russia), Danilova Elena (Tyumen State University, Russia) and Zamuraeva Larisa (Tyumen State University, Russia)
Copyright: © 2019 |Pages: 22
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-7760-7.ch002
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Basing on the analysis of contemporary literature sources, the category “financial behavior of population” is defined. Analysis of the factors influencing financial behavior of households under the conditions of ongoing crisis is carried out. Our quantitative study was carried out to identify the motives behind the financial strategy and the reasons limiting the financial behavior of population. Trends in the use of monetary incomes by population have been revealed, dynamics of the structure and the volume of savings has been shown. Transformations of financial strategies of households during the crisis are also demonstrated. A typology of households was developed according to the criterion of money management depending on sociodemographic characteristics, taking into account the age of the respondents, their financial standing and also their lifestyle. The purpose of this study is to determine the contents, the structure, characteristics, dynamics and other factors of financial behavior of a mass actor on the example of the Tyumen region.
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At present, Russia is facing an important task of shifting from the resource-oriented economy to an innovative one. Population of the Russian Federation became familiar with the notion of mass investment only at the end of the 20th and beginning of the 21st centuries. Therefore, development of this type of investment in Russia seriously lags behind similar processes in many other countries. There are various explanations for this situation, including low level of citizens' trust in Russian financial institutions, in the first place.

The mass actor of financial behavior in Russia has not been formed yet. The process of its formation and actualization is quite complex and contradictory, and it also requires proper understanding of the motivation of potential investors. In this regard, theoretical and empirical studies of financial behavior, exacerbated by the global financial and economic crisis, are becoming particularly relevant.

The purpose of this study is to determine the contents, structure, characteristics, dynamics and factors behind financial behavior of a mass actor on the example of the Tyumen region.

The main objectives of the study have been as follows:

  • To determine the content of financial behavior of economic entities and the category of crisis phenomena on the basis of the analysis of the existing sociological and economic approaches

  • To determine the structure of financial behavior of economic entities in the context of the theory of economic behavior

  • To reveal the nature and the impact of risks and uncertainty on financial behavior in the dynamics of crisis phenomena

  • To conduct a statistical analysis of specific features of the investment environment in today’s Russia

  • To identify the structure, factors and features of the formation of a mass actor of financial behavior

The core object of the study is financial behavior.

The subject of the study is investment behavior of economic entities in the context of socioeconomic changes.

General Context of the Study

The current socioeconomic situation actualizes the problem of financial behavior of Russian population, especially when it comes to long-term investments. An important tool to attract this money to national economy is to stimulate mass financial behavior. Today’s population in the Russian Federation not only spends, but also accumulates funds, including those concentrated in banks. Banks, in turn, instead of lending all these funds to the real economy sector, prefer investing in the short term, that is, be engaged in consumer lending. Thus, the risk of money loss and non-receipt of possible incomes is exacerbated by the risk of incorrect investments, and the latter, in its turn, leads to various social risks.



There is a rather large number of definitions, understandings and interpretations of the essence of financial behavior. Different authors have defined them in their own way, reflecting the development of this category during a certain period of time. Financial activity in its various aspects has been and is the subject of research for many scientists.

Theoretical foundations were laid in the scientific studies of the classics, beginning with K. Marx, Ricardo and A. Smith. Today, this legacy forms the basis of general ideas about the regularities of the functioning of financial relations systems. These are the results of the works of M. Alla, E. Domar, J. Keynes, N. Kondratiev, V. Leontiev, A. Marshall, G. Mensch, L. Pasinetti, J. Robinson, A. Sen, R. Solow, M. Friedman, E. Hansen, R. Harrod, J. Hicks, I. Schumpeter, and many others.

Defining the author's interpretation of the basic approaches to understanding finance, one must accept the judgments of such scientists as B. Boyd, E. Dolan, G. Manshuani, V. Oiken, P. Samuelson etc. It should be noted that the issues of savings’ transformation into investments have not found sufficient reflection in the studies carried out in our country, while scientific understanding of investments according to the contemporary approaches of Russian economists were proposed in the works of O. Bestuzheva, I. Blank, V. Kossova, A. Krutik, I. Lipsitsa, V. Milovidova, E. Nicholas.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Investment Risk: A probable variability of anticipated benefits from certain forms of investment.

Investment-Saving Type of Risk: Is accompanied by irrational forms of savings; wrong choice of a financial institution which includes the possibility of becoming a victim of a financial pyramid or a one-day company; loss of assets due to freezing of a bank account in the event of crisis; losses due to untimely investment or withdrawal of funds from a bank account.

Direct-Investment Type of Behavior of Population and Organizations: Is characterized by the risk of partial or complete loss of funds due to investment of certain values in a non-viable project; lost revenue in this case is the result of sub-optimal allocation of resources between multiple projects; impairment of securities in the case can be also observed as well as losses due to investment into economically unstable financial institutions.

Investment-Consumer Type of Risk: Is characterized by the following features: low-quality goods and/or services in use; consumer goods which could have a significant negative impact on consumers; consumer goods that are not meeting the current demands of customers; consumption of a high-quality product that is still unable to meet the demands of consumers under certain current existing conditions.

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