Date of Award

Summer 2018

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Criminal Justice

First Advisor

Volkan Topalli, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Richard Wright, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

William Sabol, Ph.D.


This paper examines the relationship between financial literacy (FL) and susceptibility to economic victimization. Susceptibility to victimization functions as a proxy variable for victimization. It employs a modified, quasi-experimental case study approach and pulls from survey and interview data. It measures changes to FL and susceptibility to victimization after a FL workshop was delivered to a sample of refugees based in a city in southeastern US. Results demonstrate that FL seemed to increase for those within the treatment group. Subsequent changes to susceptibility to victimization indicated a decrease. The study also notes some evidence of a multiplier and reverse multiplier effect. Implications for future research, policy, and behavioral theories are discussed.