Financial Knowledge Among University Students and Implications for Personal Debt and Fraudulent Investments

Cyprus Economic Policy Review, Forthcoming

29 Pages Posted: 9 Oct 2018 Last revised: 11 Dec 2018

See all articles by Panayiotis C. Andreou

Panayiotis C. Andreou

Cyprus University of Technology

Dennis Philip

Durham University - Department of Economics and Finance

Date Written: October 31, 2018

Abstract

The study is the first attempt to examine financial literacy, financial aptitude and behaviour among university students in Cyprus. The student survey covers 881 Cypriot students, aged 18-24 years old, across the five biggest universities in Cyprus. The financial knowledge scale used in the survey measures the understanding of basic concepts including interest rates, inflation, risk and diversification. We observe that 6.24% of students answered all questions correctly, with only 36.9% having a good financial knowledge proficiency level (answering at least 4 correct responses out of 6). While socio-demographic characteristics and students’ soft skills and traits distinguish high financial knowledge students, strikingly, parental background and parental advice does not seem to play an important role for high financial knowledge. Financial knowledge is also seen to have a distinct channel of influence on students’ understanding of managing their credit card debt and students’ ability to deter themselves from fraudulent investments.

Keywords: Financial Knowledge, Financial Literacy, University Students, Credit Card Debt, Ponzi Schemes

Suggested Citation

Andreou, Panayiotis C. and Philip, Dennis, Financial Knowledge Among University Students and Implications for Personal Debt and Fraudulent Investments (October 31, 2018). Cyprus Economic Policy Review, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3250850 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3250850

Panayiotis C. Andreou

Cyprus University of Technology ( email )

School Of Management and Economics
P.O. Box 50329
Lemesos, 3036
Cyprus

HOME PAGE: http://www.pandreou.com

Dennis Philip (Contact Author)

Durham University - Department of Economics and Finance ( email )

Department of Economics and Finance
Mill Hill Lane
Durham, DH1 3LB
United Kingdom

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