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Financial Capability of Austrian Households

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  • Pirmin Fessler

    (Oesterreichische Nationalbank, Economic Analysis Division)

  • Martin Schürz

    (Oesterreichische Nationalbank, Economic Analysis Division)

  • Karin Wagner

    (Oesterreichische Nationalbank, Economic Analysis Division)

  • Beat Weber

    (Oesterreichische Nationalbank)

Abstract

Based on a survey by the Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB) in 2004, this paper aims to assess Austrian households’ financial capability with respect to managing money, planning ahead financially, making financial choices and staying informed. People’s attitudes about money often depend on their education, income and age. A higher level of education, income and age tends to go hand in hand with a more positive financial attitude. The OeNB’s survey, however, revealed that, in the case of Austria, there is generally no relationship between a household’s financial behavior and the education level of its members. Moreover, half of the respondents seldom shop around for financial services and are thus not knowledgeable enough to make informed financial decisions.

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  • Pirmin Fessler & Martin Schürz & Karin Wagner & Beat Weber, 2007. "Financial Capability of Austrian Households," Monetary Policy & the Economy, Oesterreichische Nationalbank (Austrian Central Bank), issue 3, pages 50-67.
  • Handle: RePEc:onb:oenbmp:y:2007:i:3:b:3
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    2. Andrej Cupak & Pirmin Fessler & Maria Antoinette Silgoner & Elisabeth Ulbrich, 2018. "Financial literacy in Austria: a survey of recent research results," Monetary Policy & the Economy, Oesterreichische Nationalbank (Austrian Central Bank), issue Q1/18, pages 14-26.
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    Keywords

    financial education; financial capability; financial literacy; private households; surveys.;
    All these keywords.

    JEL classification:

    • D14 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Saving; Personal Finance
    • D18 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Protection
    • D80 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - General
    • E21 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Consumption; Saving; Wealth
    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading
    • G28 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Government Policy and Regulation

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