What Works in Financial Education

Financial literacy today is as important as learning to read and write, says Dartmouth's Annamaria Lusardi

Annamaria Lusardi, a professor of economics at Dartmouth College and editor of Overcoming the Saving Slump: How to Increase the Effectiveness of Financial Education and Saving Programs, is one of the country's top researchers on financial education. In conferences and speeches, Lusardi argues that financial literacy today is as important as learning to read and write. After all, we have to make our own financial decisions now, whether we like it or not. BusinessWeek's Amy Feldman spoke with Lusardi about what works, what doesn't, and how to get people to do the right thing.

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