Stereotypes in financial literacy: evidence from PISA

Stereotypes in financial literacy: evidence from PISA

Abstract

We examine gender differences in financial literacy among high school students in Italy using data from the 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). Gender differences in financial literacy are large among the young in Italy. They are present in all regions and are particularly severe in the South and the Islands.

Combining the rich PISA data with a variety of other indicators, we provide a thorough analysis of the potential determinants of the gender gap in financial literacy. We find that parental background, in particular the role of mothers, matters for the financial knowledge of girls. Moreover, we show that the social and cultural environment in which girls and boys live plays a crucial role in explaining gender differences. We also show that history matters: Medieval commercial hubs and the nuclear family structure created conditions favorable to the transformation of the role of women in society, and shaped gender differences in financial literacy as well. We discuss the changes that are needed to close the gap in financial knowledge among the young.

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Tags

Financial literacy Gender Gap PISA Schools

Authors

Annamaria Lusardi

Academic Director, Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center (GFLEC)

Laura Bottazzi

Web

Additional Information

Date published

02/11/2020

Document Type

Research

Geographies

Italy

Target

General

Pages

55

JEL Code

J16, D14, J24, G54

Source

GFLEC

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