University of Wisconsin–Madison

J. Michael Collins

Associate Professor
Director, Center for Financial Security

jmcollins@wisc.edu

Department of Consumer Science and La Follette School of Public Affairs
University of Wisconsin–Madison

J. Michael Collins is an Associate Professor of Public Affairs and Human Ecology, as well as the Faculty Director of the Center for Financial Security at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Collins studies consumer decision-making in the financial marketplace, including the role of public policy in influencing credit, savings and investment choices. His work includes the study of financial capability with a focus on low-income families. He directed the Social Security Administration Financial Literacy Research Consortium site at Wisconsin (2009–2012) and is involved in studies of mortgage foreclosure and family well-being supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, financial counseling supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and emergency savings policies for the C.S. Mott Foundation.

J. Michael Collins's Research Interests

  • Consumer behavior in financial markets
  • Low-income working families
  • The role of public policy in influencing credit, savings, and investment choices

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