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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
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
Low and moderate-income households are less likely to plan for long term financial goals, including retirement. Targeting low and moderate income households with efficient and effective financial education and planning interventions is challenging because intensive financial planning services are More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
While low-income households face significant barriers to saving or otherwise investing in the future, cash payments provided by public policies and programs provide opportunities to divert income from daily expenses. Using a variety of financial sophistication measures, we identify predictors of More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
Use of social media has grown exponentially among all ages and groups in recent years and is an important trend for those interested in building financial capacity because close associates are known to be important sources of financial information and social media are being embraced most rapidly More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
Financial literacy — the ability to use knowledge and skills to manage financial resources effectively for a lifetime of financial well-being — is becoming more and more important as individuals and families become increasingly responsible for their own long-term financial well-being. Financial and More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Report
Date: 3/27/2012
Using the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study, a sample of Wisconsin high school graduates from the class of 1957, we unpack the relationship between general human capital and late-life financial literacy. In short, we examine the links between cognition and financial literacy. We find that those with More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012