Financial Literacy among the Young: Evidence and Implications for Consumer Policy
Annamaria Lusardi (),
Olivia Mitchell and
Vilsa Curto ()
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No 91, CeRP Working Papers from Center for Research on Pensions and Welfare Policies, Turin (Italy)
We examined financial literacy among the young using data from the 1997 National Longitudinal Survey of Youth. We showed that financial literacy is low among the young; fewer than one-third of young adults possess basic knowledge of interest rates, inflation, and risk diversification. Financial literacy is strongly related to sociodemographic characteristics and family financial sophistication. Specifically, a college-educated male whose parents had stocks and retirement savings is about 50 percentage points more likely to know about risk diversification than a female with less than a high school education whose parents were not wealthy. These findings have implications for consumer policy.
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Working Paper: Financial literacy among the young: Evidence and implications for consumer policy (2010)
Working Paper: Financial Literacy among the Young: Evidence and Implications for Consumer Policy (2009)
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