This article highlights the prevalence and economic outcomes of financial illiteracy among American households, and reviews previous research that examines how improving financial literacy affects household saving. Analysis of the research literature suggests that previous financial literacy efforts have yielded mixed results. Evidence suggests that interventions provided for employees in the workplace have helped increase household saving, but estimates of the magnitude of the impact vary widely. For financial education initiatives targeted to other groups, the evidence is much more ambiguous, suggesting a need for more econometrically rigorous evaluations.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Social Security Bulletin|
|State||Published - Aug 2012|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
- Public Administration