Evidence and Ideology in Assessing the Effectiveness of Financial Literacy Education
45 Pages Posted: 28 Feb 2008 Last revised: 16 Apr 2010
Financial literacy education has long been promoted as key to consumer financial well-being. Yet the claim has never had more than negligible statistically significant empirical support. This review (1) sets forth the model of financial literacy education underlying public support for these programs today, (2) identifies pervasive and serious limitations in existing empirical research used by policymakers as evidence of the effectiveness of this education, and (3) recommends a number of alternative public policies suggested by the existing research.
Keywords: Consumer Protection Law, Social Welfare, Retirement Security, Banking and Finance, financial literacy, consumer education, consumer finance, research methods, consumer policy
JEL Classification: A29, C80, C90, D12, D18, D83, G20, I29, J26, R29
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