Helping Undergraduates Discover the Value of a Dollar Through Self-Monitoring
American Journal of Business Education, Vol. 3, No. 7, 2010
6 Pages Posted: 27 Nov 2015
Date Written: December 16, 2012
Many college undergraduates lack basic financial management knowledge and skills while bearing ever increasing debt burdens upon graduation. In order to encourage students to become aware of their spending patterns and weigh those patterns against personal values, a self-monitoring project was implemented as a class activity. The resulting effect on financial behavior was examined. Analysis of participants’ self-reflection papers revealed that awareness of spending behaviors increased universally among participants, and a significant proportion of students spontaneously modified spending behaviors to more closely conform to personal values. Participants consistently reported the importance of a spending management tool in modifying spending behavior.
Keywords: financial education, student finance, financial management, financial behavior modification
JEL Classification: P46, D1
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