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Financial literacy and pension plan participation in Italy

Elsa Fornero and Chiara Monticone

Journal of Pension Economics and Finance, 2011, vol. 10, issue 04, 547-564

Abstract: Recent pension reforms in Italy require individuals to decide whether to participate in pension funds, how much to contribute, and how to invest their wealth, raising concerns about their ability to deal with financial matters. Using the Bank of Italy's Survey on Household Income and Wealth (SHIW), our empirical analysis shows that most individuals lack knowledge of basic concepts such as interest rates and inflation. Men, the more educated, and residents in the Centre–North possess higher financial literacy. We also find that financial literacy has a positive and significant impact on the probability of pension plan participation.

Date: 2011
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