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Overcoming the Saving SlumpHow to Increase the Effectiveness of Financial Education and Saving Programs$
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Annamaria Lusardi

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226497099

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226497105.001.0001

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Learning from the Experience of Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Countries: Lessons for Policy, Programs, and Evaluations

Learning from the Experience of Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Countries: Lessons for Policy, Programs, and Evaluations

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(p.345) Chapter Thirteen Learning from the Experience of Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Countries: Lessons for Policy, Programs, and Evaluations
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Overcoming the Saving Slump
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Barbara A. Smith, Fiona Stewart
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226497105.003.0014

This chapter describes the findings of financial literacy surveys in selected Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries and relevant studies in behavioral economics, examining their implications for the design and implementation of financial education programs. The evaluations of financial education programs are specifically addressed. Surveys across OECD countries reveal low levels of financial literacy across the board and of pension-related financial literacy specifically. The chapter also shows that individuals are not saving enough for retirement. The experience of the OECD's Financial Education Project has shown that insights into improving financial education programs can be observed in the responses to financial literacy surveys and in the research based on behavioral economics. The provision of financial education can benefit from the findings of both financial literacy surveys and behavioral economics research.

Keywords:   financial literacy, OECD, behavioral economics, financial education programs, pension, retirement

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