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What Does Financial Literacy Training Teach Us?

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  • Bruce Ian Carlin
  • David T. Robinson

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The authors use data from a finance-related theme park to explore how financial education changes investment, financing, and consumer behavior. Students were assigned fictitious life situations and asked to create household budgets. Some students received a 19-hour financial literacy curriculum before going to the park, and some did not. After controlling for demographic variables, the authors show that the treatment effects of the financial literacy program are strong. Students were more frugal, delayed gratification, paid off debt faster, and relied less on credit financing after training. Students who attended training showed greater uptake of decision support that was offered in the park, which indicates that decision support and financial literacy training are complements, not substitutes.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal The Journal of Economic Education.

Volume (Year): 43 (2012)
Issue (Month): 3 (July)
Pages: 235-247

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  1. Winter, Joachim & Lührmann, Melanie & Serra-Garcia, Marta, 2013. "The effects of financial literacy training: Evidence from a field experiment in German high schools," Munich Reprints in Economics 19722, University of Munich, Department of Economics.
  2. Joanne W. Hsu, 2011. "Aging and Strategic Learning: The Impact of Spousal Incentives on Financial Literacy," NFI Working Papers 2011-WP-06, Indiana State University, Scott College of Business, Networks Financial Institute.
  3. Becchetti, Leonardo & Pisani, Fabio, 2012. "Financial education on secondary school students: the randomized experiment revisited," AICCON Working Papers 98-2012, Associazione Italiana per la Cultura della Cooperazione e del Non Profit.
  4. Singh, Ardhendu & Venkataramani, Bhama, 2012. "Financial Education: Institutes of Higher Education as delivery channels," MPRA Paper 43336, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  5. Lührmann, Melanie & Serra-Garcia, Marta & Winter, Joachim, 2012. "Teaching teenagers in finance: does it work?," Discussion Papers in Economics 14101, University of Munich, Department of Economics.
  6. Bruce I. Carlin & Li Jiang & Stephen A. Spiller, 2014. "Learning Millennial-Style," NBER Working Papers 20268, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  7. Joanne W. Hsu, 2011. "Aging and strategic learning: the impact of spousal incentives on financial literacy," Finance and Economics Discussion Series 2011-53, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.).

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