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Outstanding U.S. consumer credit totalled $3.84 trillion, emphasizing the fact that helping consumers effectively manage their personal finances has never been more important. Among the three pillars of financial well-being, this paper addresses the last pillar related to behavioral facilitation, given that one of the biggest challenges most consumers face is their inability to convert their best intentions into actual behavior. Specifically, this paper reviews and discusses various behavioral interventions in choice architecture designed to facilitate healthy financial behavior. These include enhancing physical height to increase level of thinking and long-term focus, incorporating incidental cues to form virtual boundaries and evoke implementation mindset, and using verbal/visual presentation of multi-faceted financial goals to emphasize goal singularity and increase implementation. Findings across such studies contribute to recent research on financial decision-making and choice architecture, and they provide readily applicable strategies for policy makers to “nudge” consumers toward more responsible financial decisions.
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