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Financial Literacy and Retirement Planning in Germany

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  • Tabea Bucher-Koenen
  • Annamaria Lusardi
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    We examine financial literacy in Germany using data from the SAVE survey. We find that knowledge of basic financial concepts is lacking among women, the less educated, and those living in East Germany. In particular, those with low education and low income in East Germany have little financial literacy compared to their West German counterparts. Interestingly, there is no gender disparity in financial knowledge in the East. In order to investigate the nexus of causality between financial literacy and retirement planning, we develop an IV strategy by making use of regional variation in the financial knowledge of peers. We find a positive impact of financial knowledge on retirement planning.

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    Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 17110.

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    Publication status: published as “ Financial Literacy and Retireme n t Planning in Germany, ” joint with Ta bea Bucher - Koenen , Journal of Pension Economics and Finance , October 2011, vol. 10(4), pp. 5 65 - 584 .
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