Financial Literacy and Financial Planning: Evidence from India
45 Pages Posted: 20 Dec 2010
Date Written: December 20, 2010
In this study we report findings about financial literacy and financial planning behavior based on a financial advisory program in India. We evaluate survey responses to three standard questions previously used to measure financial literacy. We then break down the data across particular demographic and socioeconomic groups and compare responses. Finally, we examine the investment behavior, liability choice, risk tolerance and insurance usage of program participants. We find that the vast majority of respondents appear to be financially literate based on their answers to questions concerning interest rates (numeracy), inflation, and risk/diversification. However, we do find variation across demographic and socioeconomic groups. We are also able to obtain additional information about the financial tendencies of the program participants (including risk tolerance, investment preferences, investment goals, etc.) and to relate those tendencies to financial literacy.
Keywords: Financial Literacy, Financial Education, Checking Account, Savings, Nudge, Saving Account, Insurance, Personal Finance, Gender, Age, Education, Household Finance, Consumer Behavior, Consumption, India, Financial Counseling, Numeracy, Inflation, Risk, Diversification, Risk Tolerance, Investment Prefe
JEL Classification: D1, L8, R2
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