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Financial Literacy among the Young

  • Annamaria Lusardi

    (Dartmouth College)

  • Olivia S. Mitchell

    (The Wharton School)

  • Vilsa Curto

    (Harvard University)

We examined financial literacy among the young using data from the 1997 National Longitudinal Survey of Youth. We showed that financial literacy is low among the young; fewer than one-third of young adults possess basic knowledge of interest rates, inflation, and risk diversification. Financial literacy is strongly related to sociodemographic characteristics and family financial sophistication. Specifically, a college-educated male whose parents had stocks and retirement savings is about 50 percentage points more likely to know about risk diversification than a female with less than a high school education whose parents were not wealthy. These findings have implications for consumer policy.

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Paper provided by University of Michigan, Michigan Retirement Research Center in its series Working Papers with number wp191.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2009
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Handle: RePEc:mrr:papers:wp191
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