Do Women Need Special Attention in Financial Education?

Bettina Fuhrmann, Maria Silgoner

Publication: Chapter in book/Conference proceedingContribution to conference proceedings

Abstract

Studies have repeatedly shown that women answer less financial knowledge questions correctly than men. Hence, they are often identified to be a
financially ‘vulnerable’ group who needs more attention in financial education. This paper explores if this holds true for the Austrian population. A survey among 2,000 respondents reveals that Austrian men outperform women in terms of knowledge, even if we control for different socio
-demographic characteristics and response behaviour. However, women seem to be less prone to spending money, are more risk averse and watch their financial status more closely. In a multiple regression analysis, knowledge, attitudes and behavior are relevant for explaining financial well-being, but gender is not. Thus, it seems that women are not necessarily a financially vulnerable group but might benefit from acquiring more financial knowledge and gain
more self-confidence in making financial decisions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLondon International Conference on Education 2017 Proceedings
Editors Infonomics Society
Place of PublicationCambridge
Pages114 - 119
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 503030 Business education
  • 504007 Empirical social research
  • 503007 Didactics
  • 503
  • 509004 Evaluation research

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