Is financial literacy an economic good? [electronic resource] / Rubén Castro and Andrés Fortunato

Castro, Rubén, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : United Nations, 2016.
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1 online resource (16 pages)
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CEPAL Review Vol. 2015, no. 116, p. 143-158

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Financial literacy (FL) is generally regarded as an economic good which individuals choose whether or not to consume depending on how much of a contribution they expect it to make to the quality of their financial decision-making. This construct has not, however, been tested empirically. In this study we analyse variations in FL on the part of individuals who experience major life-cycle events that show up in the data and that can be assumed to have repercussions on their personal finances. The analysis of a panel made up of approximately 12,000 people indicates that there is a correlation between 13 of the 17 selected life events and financial decisions, but only one of those events (job training) is associated with a change in FL. This evidence casts doubt upon the conceptualization of FL as an economic good and is in line with a series of other studies that, for one reason or another, have questioned the soundness of the current conceptual approach to FL.
Fortunato, Andrés.
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10.18356/016a3288-en doi
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