Households' Decisions on Savings Accounts After Negative Experiences with Banks During the Financial Crisis

van der Cruijsen, C. A. B., De Haan, J., Jansen, D-J. & Mosch, R. H. J., 2012, In : Journal of Consumer Affairs. 46, 3, p. 436-456 21 p.

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  • Carin A. B. van der Cruijsen
  • Jakob De Haan
  • David-Jan Jansen
  • Robert H. J. Mosch

During the 20072008 financial crisis, consumers in many countries were suddenly confronted with the fact that their bank needed government support or had even failed. Using a detailed survey among households in the Netherlands, we show how these unexpected negative experiences have changed consumers' handling of their savings accounts. Our findings suggest that respondents who were customers of troubled banking institutions were subsequently more likely to spread their savings across accounts at several banks. They were also more likely to move funds across banks. Our results also suggest that the size of the shock is important as the strongest effects are found for respondents who experienced both a bank bailout and a bankruptcy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)436-456
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Consumer Affairs
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012



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