Credit counseling: a substitute for consumer financial literacy?

Disney, Richard, Gathergood, John and Weber, Jörg (2015) Credit counseling: a substitute for consumer financial literacy? Journal of Pension Economics and Finance, 14 (4). pp. 466-491. ISSN 1474-7472

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Abstract

Is financial literacy a substitute or complement for financial advice? We analyze the decision by consumers to seek financial advice in the form of credit counseling. Credit counseling is an important component of the consumer credit sector for consumers facing debt problems. Our analysis accounts for the endogeneity of an individual’s financial situation to financial literacy, and the endogeneity of financial literacy to exposure to credit counseling. Results show counseling substitutes for financial literacy. Individuals with better literacy are 60% less likely to use credit counseling. These results suggest that credit counseling provides a safety
net for poor financial literacy.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Economics
Depositing User: Richard Disney
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2015 12:20
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2017 23:00
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/56625

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