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The Child Trust Fund in the UK: How might opening rates by parents be increased?

Prabhakar, Rajiv (2010). The Child Trust Fund in the UK: How might opening rates by parents be increased? Children and Youth Services Review, 32(11) pp. 1544–1547.

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The UK has recently seen the introduction of the Child Trust Fund (CTF). All babies born from September 2002 receive either a £250 or £500 endowment from government, with children from low-income families qualifying for the higher endowment. Parents are crucial for this policy. They are supposed to open an account for their child and will make key decisions about saving and investment. However, important issues confront parents. Around a quarter of parents leave CTF accounts unopened. I examine how opening rates might be increased, drawing in particular on recent work in behavioral economics. I suggest that policy ought to focus on reforms combining behavioral economics with steps to improve financial capability.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2010 Elsevier Ltd
ISSN: 0190-7409
Keywords: Child Trust Fund; behavioral economics; financial capability
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Development, Geography
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Item ID: 26227
Depositing User: Rajiv Prabhakar
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2011 10:55
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 10:55
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