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Different Effects of Financial Literacy and Financial Education in Germany

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  • Pahnke, Luise
  • Honekamp, Ivonne

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Financial literacy or “what consumers know about finance” has become part of the scientific discussion in recent years. In Germany, as in many other countries, the structure of social security benefits has changed substantially. Using the German SAVE study conducted by the Mannheim Institute for the Economics of Aging, in this paper financial literacy in Germany is measured and its effect on private retirement provisions is examined. Therefore, the SAVE data is empirically analysed whether financial literacy has an impact on the retirement savings decision in Germany. With our analysis we were able to prove that financial literacy encourages individual retirement planning for households with an above-average income.

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  • Pahnke, Luise & Honekamp, Ivonne, 2010. "Different Effects of Financial Literacy and Financial Education in Germany," MPRA Paper 22900, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    1. Xu, Lisa & Zia, Bilal, 2012. "Financial literacy around the world : an overview of the evidence with practical suggestions for the way forward," Policy Research Working Paper Series 6107, The World Bank.

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    Keywords

    Financial literacy; Retirement savings; Private pensions; Germany; SAVE;

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    • D14 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Saving; Personal Finance

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