2010–2011 Financial Security, Literacy, and Public Policy Seminar Series

IRP is a campus partner of the Center for Financial Security (CFS), which is housed in the UW School of Human Ecology (SoHE). The Center aims to increase understanding of consumer behavior and financial decision-making while serving as a cross-campus, interdisciplinary center focused on applied research that promotes individual and family financial security and informs public policy about financial issues on a local, state, and national level. During the 2010–2011 academic year, IRP and CFS are co-sponsoring four IRP-hosted seminars that examine correlations among financial literacy, savings opportunities, and the economic instability of low-income families.

Thursdays, 12:15-1:30 p.m., 8417 Social Science Building (unless otherwise noted)

December 2, 2010

Savings and the Poor: Innovations for Influencing Behavior
Jonathan Zinman, Associate Professor of Economics, Dartmouth College

February 24, 2011

Reaching Out: Integrating Financial Capacity Building into Human Services Systems
Margaret Sherraden, Professor of Social Work, University of Missouri-St. Louis, and Research Professor, Center for Social Development, Washington University

April 7, 2011

Financial Literacy for Low Income People: Lessons from Soldiers and Implications for Financial Reform
Jeanne M. Hogarth, Program Manager, Consumer Education and Research Section Division of Consumer and Community Affairs, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

May 5, 2011

Falling through the Cracks of Consumer Protection: The Financial Decisions of Low Income Homeowners
Carolina K. Reid, Manager, Research Group, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco; Concentrated Poverty Initiative