Researchers and practitioners have long suspected that low numeracy skills might affect the willingness of people to participation in formal financial transactions. But exactly what gaps in numeracy skill present create barriers, and what - if anything – can be done about it?
The "financial numeracy indicator" developed by My Oral Village and tested in Côte d’Ivoire and Myanmar in 2017 as part of "Financial Inclusion Insights" identifies an important numeracy gap that can readily be field-tested and is within the ability of private markets and other stakeholders to address.
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