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Financial literacy and the role of numeracy-How individuals attitude and affinity with numbers influence financial literacy
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Psychology. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Economics. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Economics. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Economics. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8159-1249
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2018 (English)In: Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, ISSN 2214-8043, E-ISSN 2214-8051, Vol. 74, p. 18-25Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Being financially literate is an important life skill that is equally important for ones own sake as well as for society. Findings indicate that individuals are financially illiterate while interventions to increase the level of financial literacy are ineffective. The effect of financial literacy on financial behavior reported in correlation studies may be driven by some unknown third variable, such as individual cognitive ability. The current study investigated the role of cognitive and emotional factors in attaining financial literacy. In a representative sample of the general population, our regression models indicate that a central component of financial literacy can be traced to numeracy and the emotional attitude towards numbers (i. e. mathematics anxiety). Thus, a driving force behind becoming financially literate resides in the ability to understand numbers and having an emotional attitude towards numbers that does not interfere with an individuals daily engagement in activities involving mathematics and financial decisions.

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ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC , 2018. Vol. 74, p. 18-25
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Financial literacy; Numeracy; Cognitive abilities
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-148369DOI: 10.1016/j.socec.2018.03.004ISI: 000432773100003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-148369DiVA, id: diva2:1219060
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