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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
With the shifting of responsibility for retirement planning and risk from employers to employees, the growth of 401(k) plans and the recent financial crisis, researchers, policy makers and practitioners have become increasingly concerned with the financial literacy of the U.S. population. Along 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
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