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DIW Wochenbericht 28 / 2015

Schule, Eltern und finanzielle Bildung bestimmen das Finanzverhalten

Warum treffen manche Leute bessere finanzielle Entscheidungen als andere? Eine wichtige Rolle spielt dabei das Niveau der Finanzbildung. Eine gute Schulbildung, die sich auch mit wirtschaftlichen Fragestellungen auseinandersetzt, führt ebenfalls zu besseren Finanzentscheidungen. Viele Studien vernachlässigen allerdings, wie die Erziehung durch die Eltern das Finanzverhalten beeinflusst. Dieser Bericht ...

2015| Antonia Grohmann, Lukas Menkhoff
DIW Weekly Report 21/22 / 2020

Mobile Money is Driving Financial Development in Africa

Mobile money is an innovation that allows financial transactions to be performed via a cell phone. Even in poor regions of Africa, almost everyone has a cell phone; therefore, mobile money could both contribute to the continent’s economic growth and ensure that no Africans are excluded from access to financial services. However, DIW Berlin data from Uganda show that mobile money is actually used less ...

2020| Katharina Lehmann-Uschner, Lukas Menkhoff
DIW Weekly Report 16/17/18 / 2019

Global Responsibilities: Renewable Energies, Climate Policy, Migratory Pressure: Reports

2019| Claudia Kemfert, Lukas Menkhoff, Karsten Neuhoff, Jörn Richstein, Tobias Stöhr, Vera Zipperer
DIW Weekly Report 42 / 2018

International Treaties Insufficiently Curb Global Tax Evasion

In recent years, the global community has promoted several initiatives aimed at breaking bank secrecy in tax havens. Such treaties for the exchange of information among tax offices can be effective. A treaty between country A and tax haven B reduces deposits from A in banks of B by approximately 30 percent. However, the analysis shows that tax evaders react to such treaties not by becoming honest taxpayers ...

2018| Lukas Menkhoff, Jakob Miethe
DIW Economic Bulletin 44 / 2017

Central Banks Should Communicate Their Interventions in the Foreign Exchange Market

Central banks frequently intervene in foreign exchange markets. Using recognized criteria this report analyzes the probability of success in a data set of 4,500 intervention episodes in 33 countries. It is important to differentiate among exchange rate regimes because each focuses on a different goal. While flexible exchange rate regimes intervene less frequently and seek to influence trends, other ...

2017| Lukas Menkhoff, Tobias Stöhr
DIW Economic Bulletin 41 / 2017

Financial Literacy Promotes Financial Inclusion in Both Poor and Rich Countries

For social and economic reasons, national economies benefit from the inclusion of as many people as possible in financial services. In a cross country study, the present study shows that financial literacy for the general population promotes financial inclusion. This relationship goes beyond the effect of higher economic or financial development. And the effect of higher levels of financial literacy ...

2017| Antonia Grohmann, Lukas Menkhoff
DIW Economic Bulletin 18/19 / 2017

Foreign Exchange Market Interventions: A Frequently Used and Effective Tool

Is it common for central banks to intervene in foreign exchange markets in order to influence exchange rates? And if so, is it effective? From a German perspective, these questions seem surprising, since the European Central Bank (ECB) does not intervene in foreign exchange markets—rather, it lets the exchange rates float freely. The situation is very different in the emerging countries: according ...

2017| Lukas Menkhoff, Tobias Stöhr
DIW Economic Bulletin 40/41/42 / 2016

Assessing Risk Attitude: The Benefits of Pooling Measures

In Germany and many other countries, financial advisors are required by law to assess their clients’ risk preferences in order to help them make informed and appropriate investment decisions. Most institutions that provide financial advice - banks, for instance - carry out this assessment using just one type of risk measure. Financial advisors might ask clients to answer a question about their attitudes ...

2016| Lukas Menkhoff, Sahra Sakha
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