Financial Literacy: Thai Middle Class Women Do Not Lag Behind
53 Pages Posted: 11 Nov 2016
Date Written: October 2016
This research studies the stylized fact of a “gender gap” in that women tend to have lower financial literacy than men. Our data which samples middle-class people from Bangkok does not show a gender gap. This result is not explained by men’s low financial literacy, nor by women’s high income and good education. Rather, it seems influenced by country characteristics on general gender equality and finance-related equality, such as little gender gaps regarding pupils’ mathematics abilities or secondary school enrollment, and women’s strong role in financial affairs. This may indicate ways to reduce the gender gap in financial literacy elsewhere.
Keywords: financial literacy, financial behavior, gender gap, individual characteristics, societal norms, Thailand
JEL Classification: D14, J16, D91
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