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FINANCIAL LITERACY, RETIREMENT PLANNING AND HOUSEHOLD WEALTH

Relying on comprehensive measures of financial knowledge, we provide evidence of a strong positive association between financial literacy and net worth, even after controlling for many determinants of wealth. We discuss two channels through which financial literacy might facilitate wealth... Full description

1st Person: van Rooij, Maarten C.J.
Additional Persons: Lusardi, Annamaria; Alessie, Rob J.M.
Source: in The Economic Journal Vol. 122, No. 560 (2012), p. 449-478
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Type of Publication: Article
Language: English
Published: 2012
Online: Volltext
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