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dc.contributor.author Bayer, PJ
dc.contributor.author Bernheim, BD
dc.contributor.author Scholz, JK
dc.date.accessioned 2010-03-09T15:41:50Z
dc.date.issued 2009-10-01
dc.identifier.citation Economic Inquiry, 2009, 47 (4), pp. 605 - 624
dc.identifier.issn 0095-2583
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10161/2031
dc.description.abstract We examine the effects of education on financial decision-making skills by identifying an interesting source of variation in pertinent training. During the 1990s, an increasing number of individuals were exposed to programs of financial education provided by their employers. If, as some have argued, low saving frequently results from a failure to appreciate economic vulnerabilities, then education of this form could prove to have a powerful effect on behavior. The current article undertakes an analysis of these programs using a previously unexploited survey of employers. We find that both participation in and contributions to voluntary savings plans are significantly higher when employers offer retirement seminars. The effect is typically much stronger for nonhighly compensated employees than for highly compensated employees. The frequency of seminars emerges as a particularly important correlate of behavior. We are unable to detect any effects of written materials, such as newsletters and summary plan descriptions, regardless of frequency. We also present evidence on other determinants of plan activity. © 2008 Western Economic Association International.
dc.format.extent 605 - 624
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.relation.ispartof Economic Inquiry
dc.relation.isversionof 10.1111/j.1465-7295.2008.00156.x
dc.title The effects of financial education in the workplace: Evidence from a survey of employers
dc.type Journal Article
dc.department Economics
pubs.issue 4
pubs.organisational-group /Duke
pubs.organisational-group /Duke/Sanford School of Public Policy
pubs.organisational-group /Duke/Sanford School of Public Policy/Duke Population Research Institute
pubs.organisational-group /Duke/Sanford School of Public Policy/Duke Population Research Institute/Duke Population Research Center
pubs.organisational-group /Duke/Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
pubs.organisational-group /Duke/Trinity College of Arts & Sciences/Economics
pubs.publication-status Published
pubs.volume 47
dc.identifier.eissn 1465-7295

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