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Increasingly, individuals are in charge of their own financial security and are confronted with ever more complex financial instruments. However, there is evidence that many individuals are not well-equipped to make sound saving decisions. This paper demonstrates widespread financial illiteracy More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
Individuals are increasingly in charge of their own financial security after retirement. But how well-equipped are individuals to make saving decisions; do they possess adequate financial literacy, are they informed about the most important components of saving plans, do they even plan for More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
We present new experimental evidence on heterogeneity in the formation of inflation expectations and relate the variation to economic literacy and demographics. The experimental design allows us to investigate two channels through which expectations-formation may vary across individuals: (1) the More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
Household financial planning can be challenging and household members often lack basic financial literacy skills. This paper discusses the potential and pitfalls of one approach to solving these problems—the development and dissemination of financial guidelines simple enough to be explained in More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
This paper highlights the extent and effects of financial illiteracy on American households, reviews previous efforts to promote financial literacy, and discusses new directions for such initiatives. None of the traditional approaches to financial literacy – employer-based, school-based, credit More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
Financial decisions are compelled and constrained by non-financial factors. These include personality characteristics of individuals as well as the social environments in which decisions are made. This paper provides an overview of theories that seek to explain how non-financial factors influence More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
This research identifies demographic groups vulnerable to trigger events to inform efforts to improve financial education. Specifically, we examine the effects of trigger events on net worth throughout the life course. After reviewing relevant literature, we analyze two panel data sets to examine More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
The development and use of technology-based tools for financial literacy education has grown rapidly in recent years, often based on the presumption that digital media will enhance past practice. However, little attention has been given to understanding why such technologies may be expected to More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
An on-line survey of K-12 teachers was conducted to determine teachers’ background and capacity to teach personal finance. Results indicate that while teachers recognize the importance of teaching personal finance, few have had formal preparation for teaching this subject matter; also, the teaching More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
This paper addresses the important issue of the savings that people use in response to unexpected expenses. This savings, which we refer to as emergency savings, serves as a form of insurance against non-routine expenditures such as a car repair or unforeseen medical expense. Failing to adequately More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012