While financial management programs for the low-income population have developed in recent years, little is known about financial knowledge levels of participants in these programs. This study examines pre-training financial knowledge and related participant characteristics among participants in one large financial management training program for low-income people. Results indicate that knowledge deficiencies exist on basic financial management issues, especially with respect to public and work-related benefits and savings and investing. Results from regression analyses also indicate that participants' education, English proficiency, race/ethnicity and banking experience are among the factors associated with financial knowledge levels. Policy and practice implications for developing effective financial management training for low-income audiences are discussed.
- Financial knowledge
- Financial management training
- Low-income audience
- Welfare reform
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
- Sociology and Political Science