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Changing Saving and Investment Behaviour: The Impact of Financial Literacy Training and Reminders on Micro-businesses

Girum Abebe (), Biruk Tekle and Yukichi Mano ()
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Biruk Tekle Gebreyohannes

Journal of African Economies, 2018, vol. 27, issue 5, 587-611

Abstract: In developing countries, savings is an important financial tool, particularly for micro-business with limited access to credit. However, micro-entrepreneurs often undersave, even when they have some surplus and the desire to save. Knowledge gaps and behavioural biases such as limited attention have been discussed as potential constraints on saving. To test ways to alleviate such constraints, we offered a 4-hour financial literacy training and periodic SMS reminders for 3 months to a randomly selected group of micro-entrepreneurs in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. We particularly compared the joint treatment to the two treatments in isolation for the first time in the literature. We find that SMS reminders increased savings relative to no treatment, and that the combination of reminders and financial training improved the financial literacy score and increased short-term deposits in the bank. Our results confirm earlier findings that savings can be limited by attention, and that financial literacy matters for saving behaviour when saving is at the top of the mind.

Keywords: savings; reminders; financial training; entrepreneurs; Africa; experiment; inattention (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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