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The Interaction of Financial Attitudes and Financial Knowledge: Evidence for Low-Income Hispanic Families

Andrew Gill and Radha Bhattacharya ()
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Radha Bhattacharya: California State University at Fullerton

Atlantic Economic Journal, 2017, vol. 45, issue 4, 497-510

Abstract: Abstract We add to the literature on the association of financial knowledge and financial attitudes with financial outcomes by focusing on predominantly low-income Hispanic families. We examine (i) saving for emergencies, for college, and in 401(k) plans, and (ii) ownership of a home, land or rental property, and an investment account. We find that financial knowledge is strongly related to our savings measures and to owning an investment account. Financial attitudes play less of a role, but assume some importance when interacted with financial knowledge. Self-reported financial knowledge in addition to factual financial knowledge is associated with favorable financial outcomes. Our results are important for the upward economic mobility of a demographic group that has received less attention in the literature.

Keywords: Financial knowledge; Financial attitudes; Financial outcomes; Interaction; D10; D19 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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