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Aging and Strategic Learning: The Impact of Spousal Incentives on Financial Literacy

Aging and Strategic Learning: The Impact of Spousal Incentives on Financial Literacy <p> Women tend to be less financially literate than men, consistent with a division of labor where husbands manage finances. However, women tend to outlive their husbands. I find that older women acquire financial literacy as they approach widowhood—80 percent would catch up with their husbands by the expected onset of widowhood. These gains are not attributable to husbands’ cognitive decline, as captured by cognition tests. The results are consistent with a model in which the division of labor collapses when a spouse dies: Women have incentives to delay acquiring financial human capital but also to begin learning before widowhood. </p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Human Resources University of Wisconsin Press

Aging and Strategic Learning: The Impact of Spousal Incentives on Financial Literacy

Journal of Human Resources , Volume 51 (4) – Nov 22, 2016

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Abstract

<p> Women tend to be less financially literate than men, consistent with a division of labor where husbands manage finances. However, women tend to outlive their husbands. I find that older women acquire financial literacy as they approach widowhood—80 percent would catch up with their husbands by the expected onset of widowhood. These gains are not attributable to husbands’ cognitive decline, as captured by cognition tests. The results are consistent with a model in which the division of labor collapses when a spouse dies: Women have incentives to delay acquiring financial human capital but also to begin learning before widowhood. </p>

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Journal of Human ResourcesUniversity of Wisconsin Press

Published: Nov 22, 2016

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