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Does financial education at school work? Evidence from Italy

  • Angela Romagnoli


    (Bank of Italy)

  • Maurizio Trifilidis


    (Bank of Italy)

In the 2008-09 school year the Bank of Italy and the Italian Ministry of Education started an experimental program to incorporate financial education into school curricula. This paper describes the experience since then. According to the program, teachers receive training from the Bank on financial topics and then move on to classroom teaching. The effect of classroom teaching on pupils� financial knowledge is measured by tests. The empirical evidence shows that the program proved successful in increasing the financial knowledge of pupils, for longer than one year.

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Paper provided by Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area in its series Questioni di Economia e Finanza (Occasional Papers) with number 155.

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Date of creation: Apr 2013
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Handle: RePEc:bdi:opques:qef_155_13
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