The Financial Literacy of Young People: Socio-Economic Status, Language Background and the Rural-Urban Chasm
Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, Vol. 26, No. 1, pp. 54-66, 2016
13 Pages Posted: 12 May 2016 Last revised: 12 Jul 2016
Date Written: May 10, 2016
In this paper the authors report the results of a survey of financial literacy levels among Australian secondary school students. While key issues concerning financial literacy among adolescents are fairly well known, and governments see the urgency of addressing low levels of such literacy among a vulnerable cohort, less is understood about the variation of knowledge levels among young people. In this paper we identify the gap between urban and rural survey participants in respect of their financial literacy, and locate the contrasting knowledge levels in a setting that includes socio-economic status and language background.
Keywords: adolescents; financial literacy; rurality
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