Exploring Racial/Ethnic Disparities in the Use of Alternative Financial Services: The Moderating Role of Financial Knowledge
Using the 2015 National Financial Capability Study dataset, this study examined the association between race/ethnicity and the use of alternative financial services (AFS) with the moderating role of financial knowledge. Results showed that blacks were more likely to use payday loans, pawnshops and rent-to-own stores than whites. Further, Hispanics were more likely to use payday loans and pawnshops, while Asians/others were more likely to use payday loans compared to whites. The level of financial knowledge influenced different types of AFS use among racial/ethnic groups in a different way with a stronger moderating effect of financial knowledge on blacks and Hispanics than for whites. This study supports the important role of financial knowledge, especially for minority groups that need further attention for researchers.
KeywordsRace Ethnicity Alternative financial services Financial knowledge National Financial Capability Study
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