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This testimony discusses (1) the state of the federal government’s approach to financial literacy, (2) observations on overall strategies for addressing financial literacy, and (3) the role GAO can play in addressing and raising awareness on this issue. This testimony is based largely on prior and More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Testimony
Date: 3/27/2012
The American Housing Survey (AHS) is the largest, regular national housing sample survey in the United States. The U.S. Census Bureau conducts the AHS to obtain up-to-date housing statistics for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Although the focus of the AHS is on the housing More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Dataset
Date: 3/28/2012
Abstract: American parents, teachers, and policymakers generally express strong support for personal financial education for high school students, despite a need for further research to determine if such education is effective in improving long-term decision-making capabilities. However, research More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Report
Date: 3/27/2012
This letter provides additional information about federal financial literacy activities that were addressed in two reports to Congress issued in March 2011, Opportunities to Reduce Potential Duplication in Government Programs, Save Tax Dollars, and Enhance Revenue and List of Selected Federal More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Letter
Date: 3/27/2012
The Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 mandated GAO to examine the relationship between fluency in the English language and financial literacy. Responding to this mandate, this report examines the extent, if any, to which individuals with limited English More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Report
Date: 3/27/2012
The Financial Literacy and Education Improvement Act created, in December 2003, the Financial Literacy and Education Commission. Responding to the act’s mandate that GAO assess the Commission’s effectiveness, this report reviews its progress in (1) developing a national strategy; (2) developing a More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Report
Date: 3/27/2012
This article provides a brief overview of the field of financial education and explores some of the challenges and potential solutions. The author describes developments in the contemporary financial education movement since the 1990s and the background economic changes that stimulated its More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Article
Date: 3/27/2012
In 2003, the Financial Literacy and Education Improvement Act created the Financial Literacy and Education Commission, which comprises 20 federal agencies and which the Department of the Treasury’s (Treasury) Office of Financial Education coordinates. Responding to a mandate in the act, GAO More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Testimony
Date: 3/27/2012
This article provides a plain-language description of behavioral economics and the role of common biases in financial decisionmaking, and reviews ways in which the findings of behavioral economics can help structure financial education and public policy. More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Article
Date: 3/27/2012
In July 28, 2004, GAO hosted a forum on the role of the federal government in improving financial literacy. Forum participants included experts in financial literacy and education from federal and state agencies, the financial industry, nonprofit organizations, and academic institutions. This More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Conference Proceedings
Date: 3/27/2012