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This study examines the relationship between bank account ownership and student knowledge of personal finance. To assess financial knowledge, the study relies on national data collected every two years by the JumpStart Coalition for Personal Finance. Using test scores from the 2008 JumpStart survey, I assess whether scores are significantly higher among students that have bank accounts, relative to those students that have no formal banking relationship, controlling for demographic and socio-economic variables that might influence financial knowledge. The underlying research question is whether student experience with “real world” financial products is associated with higher levels of knowledge in personal finance. I find that student bank account ownership is significantly associated with higher scores on the test of financial knowledge, even after controlling for significant factors such as race, educational aspirations, and parental education. While the findings do not suggest causality, the results are informative for financial education delivery, particularly the importance of providing interactive opportunities for the application and practice of skills and knowledge.
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