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Financial Literacy and Sustainable Consumer Behavior

Department of Applied Economics I, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Paseo de los Artilleros s/n, 28032 Madrid, Spain
Departamento de Matemática Aplicada y Estadística, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales, Universidad San Pablo CEU, Madrid 28003, Spain
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Academic Editors: Marc Lim, Miguel Cuerdo Mir, Luis Miguel Doncel Pedrera and Jorge Sainz-González
Sustainability 2021, 13(16), 9145;
Received: 5 July 2021 / Revised: 11 August 2021 / Accepted: 12 August 2021 / Published: 16 August 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Changes on Consumer Behavior for a Sustainable World)
A more sustainable society and economy also implies more sustainable behavior in terms of the consumption of financial products. A possible change in this behavior can be brought about when there is a change in the demand. In other words, more sustainable consumption of financial products is directly related to financial literacy. However, the latter’s definition, object, and scope are far from being agreed upon internationally. One objective of this work was to explore the different interpretations of financial literacy in academic literature. In this exploration we delved into the evolution of the term, and how, in what context, and with what other concepts the term is used in social networks. Scientometric techniques were used for the analysis and review of the literature. The NLP technique was used to analyze comments on social networks. With this technique, ten feelings that were specially selected were analyzed. Positivity, confidence, and anticipation predominated among them. We conclude that it is important to emphasize that greater attention must be given to financial literacy, from both private and public sectors, so that it can be used to drive more sustainable behavior by individual consumers. Finally, a new definition of financial literacy is proposed. View Full-Text
Keywords: financial literacy; financial behavior; consumer behavior; sustainable consumer behavior; social media; natural language processing; social network financial literacy; financial behavior; consumer behavior; sustainable consumer behavior; social media; natural language processing; social network
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