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Financial Literacy Externalities

Michael Haliassos (), Thomas Jansson and Yigitcan Karabulut

No 12100, CEPR Discussion Papers from C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers

Abstract: This paper uses unique administrative data and a quasi-field experiment of exogenous allocation to apartments in Sweden to estimate medium- and longer-run effects on financial behavior from exposure to financially literate neighbors. It contributes evidence of causal impact of financial literacy and points to a social multiplier of effective programs to enhance it. Exposure promotes saving in private retirement accounts and stockholding, especially when neighbors have economics or business education, but only for educated or male-headed households. Findings point to relevant knowledge transfer through social interactions rather than to labor market or other channels linked to local economic conditions.

Keywords: financial literacy; household finance; Refugees; Social interactions (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D14 E21 F22 G11 I28 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2017-06
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