Exploring patterns of expenditure among older people and what explains these


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A presentation given by David Hayes and Andrea Finney of the Personal Finance Research Centre at the University of Bristol. Findings from a joint ILC-UK/PFRC project, on Financial dimensions of well-being in older age funded by ESRC.

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Exploring patterns of expenditure among older people and what explains these

  1. 1. Exploring patterns of expenditure among olderpeople and what explains theseDavid Hayes and Andrea FinneyPersonal Finance Research CentreUniversity of Bristol1www.pfrc.bris.ac.uk/esrc20 May 2013
  2. 2. Who we are• Independent social research centre• Credit use and overindebtedness; financialexclusion; financial capability and wellbeing• Quantitative and qualitative research• Research usually funded by government,charities and industrywww.pfrc.bris.ac.uk/esrc 2
  3. 3. Today• The analysis in context• The analysis process• Data considerations• Findings:• Structured around three stages of analysiswww.pfrc.bris.ac.uk/esrc 3
  4. 4. The bigger project: Financial dimensions ofwellbeing among older people• Funded by Economic and Social Research Council• Secondary Data Analysis Initiative• Collaboration with ILC-UK (think tank); and Prof.Kelvyn Jones (methodological expertise)• Using nine datasets: BSFC; ELSA; EU-SILC; LCF;US; WAS; and WVS; and two qualitative datasetswww.pfrc.bris.ac.uk/esrc 4
  5. 5. Research Questions1. What are the dominant patterns of expenditure among olderpeople and what explains these?2. How do patterns of consumer borrowing, over-indebtedness andfinancial inclusion vary into and beyond retirement?3. What are the main components of wealth among older peopleand how do these vary into and beyond retirement?4. What is the relationship between financial well-being and qualityof life among older people?www.pfrc.bris.ac.uk/esrc 5
  6. 6. Three steps to addressing Research Question 1• Describe average expenditure by age group andother key variables of interest (descriptive);• Segment older households based on theirpatterns of expenditure (cluster analysis);• Interpret the clusters (descriptive/multinomiallogistic regression analysis).www.pfrc.bris.ac.uk/esrc 6
  7. 7. Data Considerations• Detail of expenditure unique to LCF• Using the 12 COICOP classifications• Using household level expenditure• Good sample of HRPs aged 50+ (n = 2,931)• To cover transition into and beyond retirement• Good distribution of age groups (even 80+ ~ 12%)www.pfrc.bris.ac.uk/esrc 7
  8. 8. • Alcohol & tobacco• Clothing & footwear• Communication• Education• Food & non-alc. drinks• Health• Household goods &services• Housing, fuel & power• Miscellaneous goods &services• Recreation & culture• Restaurants & hotels• Transportwww.pfrc.bris.ac.uk/esrc 8COICOP Classifications
  9. 9. Step one: Descriptive statisticswww.pfrc.bris.ac.uk/esrc 9
  10. 10. Absolute expenditure by age• Overall expenditure decreases with age• From £510 (50-54s) to £190 (80+)• Proportion spent on• Food & non-alcoholic drink increases with age• Housing, fuel & power doubles over the age range• Communication remains constantwww.pfrc.bris.ac.uk/esrc 10
  11. 11. Equivalising expenditure• Abs. expenditure influenced by household size• Equivalising adjusts for household size• And is commonly used to adjust income• Used OECD scale in favour of McClements• EUROSTAT and UK government standardwww.pfrc.bris.ac.uk/esrc 11
  12. 12. Equivalised expenditure by age• Overall expenditure decreases with age• From £286 (50-54s) to £160 (80+)• Proportion spent on• Food & non-alc. drink increases with age (12-19%)• Housing, fuel & power doubles (12-24%)• Communication remains constant (3%)www.pfrc.bris.ac.uk/esrc 12
  13. 13. Further findings• The proportion spent on:• Clothing & footwear halves from 6% to 3%• Transport decreases from 18% to 7%• Recreation drops from 16% to 11%• Little variation in expenditure on alcohol &tobacco and household goods & serviceswww.pfrc.bris.ac.uk/esrc 13
  14. 14. Step two: Cluster analysiswww.pfrc.bris.ac.uk/esrc 14
  15. 15. The cluster analysis process• Exploring how types of expenditure co-vary• Identifies dominant patterns• Classifies people into segments based on these• Cluster variate are the 12 COICOP exp. categories• Removed outliers (5 SDs) – leaving an n of 2,769• A two stage process – hierarchical/quick clusterwww.pfrc.bris.ac.uk/esrc 15
  16. 16. Six cluster solutionPercentage in cluster (%) Mean weekly expenditure (£)Cluster one 46 138Cluster two 19 228Cluster three 12 405Cluster four 9 245Cluster five 4 392Cluster six 11 231www.pfrc.bris.ac.uk/esrc 16The average equivalised expenditure across the sample is £217.
  17. 17. Drivers of cluster membership• Highly statistically significant variations inexpenditure for all 12 categories• Three categories were particularly strong• Alcohol and tobacco• Clothing and footwear• Housing, fuel and powerwww.pfrc.bris.ac.uk/esrc 17
  18. 18. Step three: Interpreting the clusterswww.pfrc.bris.ac.uk/esrc 18
  19. 19. Cluster one – Older Owners• Lower than average expenditure (£138, cf. £217)• Spend less on non-essentials such as recreation(£20, cf. £33),and eating out (£10, cf. £19)• Largest group, predominantly oldest-old• Many homeowners retired (60%, cf. 50%)• 38% in the lowest income quartilewww.pfrc.bris.ac.uk/esrc 19
  20. 20. Cluster two – The Foodies• Very high expenditure on food (£58 to £34 ave)• Close to average expenditure in other categories• Mostly couples• Very few households are renting (12%, cf.25%)• Only 18% in lowest income quartilewww.pfrc.bris.ac.uk/esrc 20
  21. 21. Cluster three – The Socialites• Highest expenditure at £405 per week• Enjoy eating out, holidays and recreation (£76)• 24% (cf.15%) on transport• Three quarters under 65; 41% working full time• Only three per cent of households rented• More than half in highest income quartilewww.pfrc.bris.ac.uk/esrc 21
  22. 22. Cluster four - The Smokers• Very high spend on tobacco (£36 per week/15%of total expenditure, cf. 3%)• Otherwise, about average expenditure• One of the ‘younger’ clusters (62% under 65)• Almost a third still in full-time employment• Home-ownership is relatively low (42%, cf. 54%)www.pfrc.bris.ac.uk/esrc 22
  23. 23. Cluster five - Recreation and Rags• Along with cluster 3, the other high-spenders• High spend on clothing, transport and recreation• Only 21 per cent of this cluster are 70 and above• 22 per cent multiple adult households (cf. 11%)• A high percentage of self-employed (15% cf. 8%)• Half of the cluster in the highest income quartilewww.pfrc.bris.ac.uk/esrc 23
  24. 24. Cluster six - The Renters• Very high housing costs (39%; 16% average)• 72% in rented accommodation (cf. 25%)• All other expenditure is relatively low• More single households• Low transport costs (lowest petrol expenditure)www.pfrc.bris.ac.uk/esrc 24
  25. 25. Summing up• Equivalised expenditure decreases with age• Six clusters of older people emerge• Key correlates: age, income and tenure• Next steps:• Multinomial regression to aid interpretation• Review and refine• Consider implications for policywww.pfrc.bris.ac.uk/esrc 25
  26. 26. Questions and further discussionwww.pfrc.bris.ac.uk/esrc 26• http://www.bris.ac.uk/geography/research/pfrc/esrc/• david.hayes@bristol.ac.uk• @PFRC_David