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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 compare wealth holdings across two cohorts of the Health and Retirement Study: the early Baby Boomers in 2004, and individuals in the same age group in 1992. Levels and patterns of total net worth have changed relatively little over time, though Boomers rely more on housing equity than their More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Article Journal Peer-reviewed
Date: 3/27/2012
Economists are beginning to investigate the causes and consequences of financial illiteracy to better understand why retirement planning is lacking and why so many households arrive close to retirement with little or no wealth. Our review reveals that many households are unfamiliar with even the More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Article
Date: 3/27/2012
The Consumer Expenditure Survey collects information from households and families on their buying habits (expenditures), income, and household characteristics. The survey data are collected on an ongoing basis by the U.S. Census Bureau for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This nationwide More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Dataset
Date: 3/28/2012
Utilizing the theory of planned behavior, factors influencing convenience use of credit cards were investigated. The analysis was prepared using data from 3,476 households in the 2004 Survey of Consumer Finances. Results from logistic regression indicated that convenience users of credit cards: More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Article Journal Peer-reviewed
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
We analyze the impact of cognitive skills on two specific examples of consumer financial decisions where suboptimal behavior is well defined: first, the use of a credit card for a transaction after making a balance transfer on the account, and second, cases where individuals are penalized for 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