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This chapter investigates how financial literacy and information overload influence the decision to purchase an annuity and how they relate to subsequent confidence and satisfaction. Using a dataset from a large-scale experiment, we find that as financial literacy increases, information overload decreases. In addition, people who experience higher levels of information overload are less confident in their choice and are less satisfied with their decision. We recommend that educators and retirement plan architects consider simplifying the decision environment in addition to improving financial literacy with the goal of increasing investor confidence and satisfaction.


The published version of this Working Paper may be found in the 2011 publication: Financial Literacy: Implications for Retirement Security and the Financial Marketplace.

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Opinions and conclusions are solely those of the author(s) and do not reflect views of the institutions supporting the research, with whom the authors are affiliated, or the Pension Research Council. Copyright 2010 © Pension Research Council of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. All rights reserved.

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Date Posted: 07 August 2019