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2014 Conference

April 9–11, 2014

Intercontinental, Milwaukee, WI

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Financial Education, Financial Literacy and Financial Satisfaction

Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 10:15 AM–11:45 AM Central Time (US & Canada)
Salon 3
Short Abstract

Financial education has been emphasized in policy and deployed for many years in different settings—in schools, at college, and in the workplace. It is evident from the recent financial crisis, that it is imperative to continue to examine why financial literacy levels remain low. In addition to general education, we studied whether the place where financial education was received impacts objective and subjective financial literacy. Data came from the 2012 National Financial Capability Study. Standardized estimates from a structural equation model based on Huston’s (2010) framework, show that receiving financial education in college or the workplace was more influential than in high school but college training had greater impact than workplace training. But even stronger, was the influence of general education. College graduates had a greater understanding of financial concepts, and had higher self-assessments in daily financial management and knowledge. While moderating for financial education settings, we also found that objective financial literacy was the most important attribute of positive behaviors compared to self-assessed financial knowledge, financial management, and math ability. Positive and negative behaviors determined the level of financial satisfaction. Combining this with results in the literature confirms that financial satisfaction is determined by and reinforces positive behavior.

First & Corresponding Author

Robin Henager-Greene, MBA, PhD Candidate, University of Georgia,

Add'l Authors In The Order To Be Printed

Sophia Anong, PhD, University of Georgia