Keeping it simple: financial literacy and rules of thumb
Alejandro Drexler (),
Gregory Fischer and
Antoinette Schoar ()
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Micro-entrepreneurs often lack the financial literacy required to make important financial decisions. We conducted a randomized evaluation with a bank in the Dominican Republic to compare the impact of two distinct programs: standard accounting training versus a simplified, rule-of-thumb training that taught basic financial heuristics. The rule-of-thumb training significantly improved firms' financial practices, objective reporting quality, and revenues. For micro-entrepreneurs with lower skills or poor initial financial practices, the impact of the rule-of-thumb training was significantly larger than that of the standard accounting training, suggesting that simplifying training programs might improve their effectiveness for less sophisticated individuals.
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Published in American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, April, 2014, 6(2), pp. 1-31. ISSN: 1945-7782
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Journal Article: Keeping It Simple: Financial Literacy and Rules of Thumb (2014)
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Working Paper: Keeping it simple: financial literacy and rules of thumb (2010)
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