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Financial literacy and use of payday loans in the United States

Kyoung Tae Kim and Jonghee Lee

Applied Economics Letters, 2018, vol. 25, issue 11, 781-784

Abstract: Using the 2012 National Financial Capability Study, this study investigated the relationship between financial literacy and payday loan use. An instrumental variable approach was employed to address a possible endogeneity issue using a newly developed instrument of financial literacy based on the community network effect. Results from linear regressions indicated that financial literacy was associated negatively with the use of payday loans, and its effect was greater with the use of the instrument.

Date: 2018
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