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Going Broke: Why Americans Can't Hold On To Their Money

Stuart Vyse


This book offers a psychological perspective on the financial behavior of the many Americans today who find they cannot make ends meet, illuminating the causes of wildly self-destructive spending habits. Bringing together fascinating studies of consumer behavior, the book argues that the mountain of debt burying so many of us is the inevitable by-product of America's turbo-charged economy and, in particular, of social and technological trends that undermine self-control. The book illuminates everything from the rise of the credit card, to the increase in state lotteries and casino gambling, to ... More

Keywords: financial behavior, spending habits, credit cards, state lotteries, casino gambling, home shopping networks, Internet, money, consumer behavior

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195306996
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306996.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stuart Vyse, author
Connecticut College, New London