Paper uses Swedish refugee data to assess financial literacy

Sveriges Riksbank. Image: David Lundberg

The spread of refugees throughout Sweden offers a unique and useful natural experiment on how financial literacy is transmitted between social groups, research published on December 14 by Sveriges Riksbank finds.

Michael Haliasso, Thomas Jansson, and Yigitcan Karabulut take advantage of Sweden's policy of randomly allocating refugees to neighbourhoods, to control for the possibility that people with high financial literacy might choose to live together. This gives them a better chance at establi