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Gender- and education-related effects of financial literacy and confidence on financial wealth

Christina Bannier and Milena Schwarz

Journal of Economic Psychology, 2018, vol. 67, issue C, 66-86

Abstract: This study examines the influence of actual and perceived financial knowledge (i.e., financial literacy and confidence) on financial wealth. We show that consideration of gender and education as moderators helps to uncover intricate effects. Greater financial literacy leads to higher wealth, with higher education strengthening this effect considerably for women, but not so for men. Men’s wealth also rises in confidence, while there is hardly any confidence effect for women. Our results are robust against the employment of different instrumental variables and confidence measures, consideration of one-time wealth effects and mode of financial decision making.

Keywords: Household finance; Financial literacy; Confidence; Wealth; Gender; Education (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D91 G11 D83 J26 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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