Financial Education for Bankrupt Families: Attitudes and Needs

U Iowa Legal Studies Research Paper No. 08-03

Journal of Consumer Education, Vol. 24, p. 15, 2007

9 Pages Posted: 6 Dec 2007 Last revised: 18 Feb 2008

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Deborah Thorne

University of Idaho

Katherine M. Porter

University of California - Irvine School of Law

Abstract

This paper examines bankrupt families' attitudes toward, and need for, financial education. The data are derived from a longitudinal study of families who filed for personal bankruptcy. We examine the implications of bankrupt debtors' attitudes and experiences for the content and delivery of bankruptcy financial education, which in 2005 was made a prerequisite to consumer debtors' eligibility for discharge of their debts. We report the degree to which bankrupt families believed a financial education course would have helped them avoid bankruptcy and describe how these attitudes vary by demographic characteristics. We examine key financial difficulties that families face after bankruptcy and highlight ways in which bankruptcy financial education could be responsive to the realities of families' lives after they file bankruptcy.

Keywords: bankruptcy education, consumer bankruptcy, financial education, financial literacy

JEL Classification: D12, D14, K35, I28, P46

Suggested Citation

Thorne, Deborah and Porter, Katherine M., Financial Education for Bankrupt Families: Attitudes and Needs. U Iowa Legal Studies Research Paper No. 08-03; Journal of Consumer Education, Vol. 24, p. 15, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1032968

Deborah Thorne (Contact Author)

University of Idaho ( email )

Moscow, ID 83844
United States

Katherine M. Porter

University of California - Irvine School of Law ( email )

401 E. Peltason Dr.
Ste. 1000
Irvine, CA 92697-1000
United States

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