Does Financial Literacy Alone Lead to Good Financial Decisions?
NYU Wagner Professor Jonathan Morduch and Public Service Fellow Barbara Kiviat have written a fascinating paper on financial literacy for the McGraw-Hill Research Foundation, entitled "From Financial Literacy to Financial Action."
The paper examines how financial know-how, seen as a tool important to the success of micro-lending strategies in developing countries, can be utilized to help people "turn financial aspirations into meaningful actions" and "develop and stick to concrete financial plans."
Morduch is a professor of public policy and economics at NYU Wagner and the managing director of the Financial Access Initiative (FAI), where Kiviat offers a blog post about the full white paper. She is a David Bohnett Public Service Fellow at Wagner and a research associate at the Financial Access Initiative.