Visual Tools and Narratives: New Ways to Improve Financial Literacy

40 Pages Posted: 23 Jun 2014 Last revised: 13 Apr 2015

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Annamaria Lusardi

George Washington University - Department of Accountancy; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Anya Samek

Center for Economic and Social Research (CESR); University of Southern California - Department of Economics

Arie Kapteyn

Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research - University of Southern California; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Lewis Glinert

Dartmouth College

Angela Hung

RAND Corporation - Labor and Population

Aileen Heinberg

RAND Corporation

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Date Written: June 2014

Abstract

We developed and experimentally evaluated four novel educational programs delivered online: an informational brochure, a visual interactive tool, a written narrative, and a video narrative. The programs were designed to inform people about risk diversification, an essential concept for financial decision- making. The effectiveness of these programs was evaluated using the RAND American Life Panel. Participants were exposed to one of the programs, and then asked to answer questions measuring financial literacy and self-efficacy. All of the programs were found to be effective at increasing self-efficacy, and several improved financial literacy, providing new evidence for the value of programs designed to help individuals make financial decisions. The video was more effective at improving financial literacy scores than the written narrative, highlighting the power of online media in financial education.

Suggested Citation

Lusardi, Annamaria and Samek, Anya and Kapteyn, Arie and Glinert, Lewis and Hung, Angela and Heinberg, Aileen, Visual Tools and Narratives: New Ways to Improve Financial Literacy (June 2014). NBER Working Paper No. w20229. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2457704

Annamaria Lusardi (Contact Author)

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Anya Samek

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Arie Kapteyn

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Lewis Glinert

Dartmouth College ( email )

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Angela Hung

RAND Corporation - Labor and Population ( email )

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Aileen Heinberg

RAND Corporation ( email )

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