Financial Literacy Among the Young
The George Washington University School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
Olivia S. Mitchell
University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
August 1, 2009
Michigan Retirement Research Center Research Paper No. 2008-191
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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Date posted: September 23, 2009
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