Financial Literacy and Financial Decision-making: The mediating role of financial concerns

Rui Xue, Adrian Gepp, Terence O'Neill, Steven Stern, Bruce J Vanstone

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This paper analyses how the financial literacy of elderly people affect their decisions on adoption of a variety of financial strategies. Multiple mediator models with bootstrap techniques are used to identify the mediating mechanisms of financial concerns that transmit the effects of financial literacy onto specific financial strategies. We find (1) financial concerns do indeed mediate the majority of financial literacy-strategy nexuses; specifically, financially illiterate people are more likely to have financial concerns and are more likely to cut back on spending, seek more job opportunities, increase debts, and downsize or sell their residence as a result; (3) financially literate people are more likely to seek professional financial advice, purchase a life annuity, contribute more to superannuation, and invest more conservatively regardless of their concerns; (4) causal inference is likely to lead to spurious and incomplete implications if mediation effects are ignored. Our findings suggest professional advisors and robo-advisor developers take into account financial concerns when recommending financial advice.


ConferenceThe 10th Financial Markets & Corporate Governance Conference 
Abbreviated titleFMCG2019
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