Young adult debt rate and financial education in Chile

Edinson Cornejo Saavedra, Benito Umaña Hermosilla, Nataly Guiñez Cabrera, Daniela Muñoz Silva, Caterin Mardones Lagos


The ability to manage personal finances has become increasingly important when assessing savings and bank loans alternatives. However, different studies have shown that young people have not received a good financial education. This study determined both, the level of indebtedness and financial education of young adult population in Chillan City, Nuble Region. A randomized probability sampling was conducted as well as a 46-question survey was given to subjects whose age ranged from 8 to 39 years. 54.5% of the respondents declared having debts with banks or department stores. The average indebtedness rate was 12 times their monthly income. On the other hand, 51.5% tested on low financial knowledge, and 69.7% showed a medium level financial education.


Financial knowledge; debt; survey

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