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The Outlook for Financial Literacy

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  • Annamaria Lusardi
  • Olivia S. Mitchell

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As the world becomes more financially integrated and complex, average individuals and their families are increasingly faced with making highly sophisticated and all-too-often irreversible financial decisions. Nowhere is this more evident than with regard to retirement decision-making. Indeed, the global financial crisis suggests that poor financial decision-making can have substantial costs not only for individuals but also society at large. This paper focuses on key lessons for financial decision-making in the wake of that crisis, exploring how financial literacy can enhance peoples' skills and abilities to make more informed economic choices.

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  • Annamaria Lusardi & Olivia S. Mitchell, 2011. "The Outlook for Financial Literacy," NBER Working Papers 17077, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  • Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:17077
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    1. Melissa Schettini Kearney & Peter Tufano & Jonathan Guryan & Erik Hurst, 2010. "Making Savers Winners: An Overview of Prize-Linked Savings Products," NBER Working Papers 16433, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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    1. Maarten C.J. van Rooij & Annamaria Lusardi & Rob J.M. Alessie, 2012. "Financial Literacy, Retirement Planning and Household Wealth," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 122(560), pages 449-478, May.
    2. Nidia García Bohórquez & Fayber Alfonso Acosta Pardo & Jorge Leonardo Rueda Gil, 2013. "Determinantes de la Alfabetización Financiera de la Población Bogotana Bancarizada," Borradores de Economia 792, Banco de la Republica de Colombia.
    3. Mahnaz Mahdavi & Nicholas J. Horton, 2014. "Financial Knowledge among Educated Women: Room for Improvement," Journal of Consumer Affairs, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 48(2), pages 403-417, June.
    4. Nidia García Bohórquez & Fayber Alfonso Acosta Pardo & Jorge Leonardo Rueda Gil, 2013. "Determinantes de la Alfabetización Financiera de la Población Bogotana Bancarizada," BORRADORES DE ECONOMIA 011096, BANCO DE LA REPÚBLICA.
    5. repec:eee:pacfin:v:43:y:2017:i:c:p:218-237 is not listed on IDEAS
    6. Shen, Chung-Hua & Lin, Shih-Jie & Tang, De-Piao & Hsiao, Yu-Jen, 2016. "The relationship between financial disputes and financial literacy," Pacific-Basin Finance Journal, Elsevier, vol. 36(C), pages 46-65.

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    • D91 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - Role and Effects of Psychological, Emotional, Social, and Cognitive Factors on Decision Making
    • E21 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Consumption; Saving; Wealth

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