Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/194027
Authors: 
Kaiser, Tim
Menkhoff, Lukas
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Paper 131
Abstract: 
We conduct a randomized field experiment to study the effects of two financial education interventions offered to small-scale retailers in Uganda. The treatments contrast "active learning" with "traditional lecturing" within standardized lesson-plans. We find that active learning has a positive and economically meaningful impact on savings and investment outcomes, in contrast to insignificant impacts of lecturing. These results are not conditional on prior education or financial literacy. Tentative evidence suggests that only active learning stimulates several cognitive and non-cognitive mechanisms; moreover, a social mechanism may be at play as treated individuals join social groups discussing financial matters.
Subjects: 
financial behavior
financial literacy
active learning
lecturing
training method
field experiment
JEL: 
I21
A20
D14
O16
Document Type: 
Working Paper
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