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Assessing financial literacy in 12 countries: an OECD Pilot Exercise

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  • Adele Atkinson

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    (OECD Financial Affairs Division. Paris)

  • Flore-Anne Messy

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    (OECD Financial Affairs Division. Paris)

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    Abstract

    Our study contributes to the financial literacy literature by examining its association with retirement planning in an interesting and novel context, i.e. that of a country with a relatively old and rapidly ageing population, large regional disparities and a rapidly emerging financial market. Even though consumer borrowing is increasing very rapidly in Russia, we find that only 36.3% of respondents in our sample know about the working of interest compounding and only half can answer a simple question about inflation. In a country with pervasive public pension provision, we find that financial literacy is significantly and positively related to retirement planning using private pension funds and schemes. Residents in rural areas are much more reliant on the public provision and invest less in private schemes and savings. The results of our study have a clear policy implication; along with encouraging the availability of private retirement plans and financial products, efforts to improve financial literacy can be pivotal to the expansion in the use of such schemes.

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    Paper provided by Center for Research on Pensions and Welfare Policies, Turin (Italy) in its series CeRP Working Papers with number 115.

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    Length: 39 pages
    Date of creation: Mar 2011
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    Handle: RePEc:crp:wpaper:115

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    Keywords: Financial literacy; measurement; questinnaire; financial education; internatinal comparison; knowledge; retirement plan; financial behaviour; OECD;

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    Cited by:
    1. Angela Hung & Joanne Yoong & Elizabeth Brown, 2012. "Empowering Women Through Financial Awareness and Education," OECD Working Papers on Finance, Insurance and Private Pensions 14, OECD Publishing.

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