Financial Self-awareness: Who Knows What They Don't Know?

William J. Bazley, Yosef Bonaparte, George M. Korniotis

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We examine the influence of financial literacy and perceptions of financial knowledge on households’ financial risk-taking. Greater literacy and self-belief in one's literacy positively relate to equity ownership. However, self-awareness of illiteracy reduces participation by about 5%. We find that financial self-awareness is impacted by innate traits and environmental elements. Specifically, it is reduced by risk-seeking preferences and rising income but increases with income uncertainty. Overall, we demonstrate that accurate self-assessment has implications for individuals’ portfolio choices, which suggests policy implications for improving financial decision-making.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number101445
JournalFinance Research Letters
StatePublished - Jan 2021


  • Financial literacy
  • Self-awareness
  • Stock market participation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Finance


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