The authors organise a field experiment with smallholder farmers in Rwanda to measure the impact of financial literacy training on financial knowledge and behaviour. The training increased financial literacy of participants, changed their savings and borrowing behaviour and had a positive effect on the new business start‐up. However, it failed to have a significant (short‐term) impact on income. Using a two‐stage regression framework, they identify enhanced financial literacy as one of the important factors explaining behavioural changes. They also test whether financial knowledge spillovers from trained farmers to their peers in local village banks but find no evidence for that.
This is an output from the ‘Politics, Finance and Growth’ Project
Sayinzoga, A. , Bulte, E. H. and Lensink, R. (2016), Financial Literacy and Financial Behaviour: Experimental Evidence from Rural Rwanda. Economic Journal, 126: 1571-1599.
Financial Literacy and Financial Behaviour: Experimental Evidence from Rural Rwanda
Published 30 November 2014