Melody Harvey

Assistant Professor

Department of Consumer Science
University of Wisconsin–Madison

Melody Harvey

Melody Harvey is an Assistant Professor of Consumer Science at University of Wisconsin–Madison. She is also a Faculty Affiliate at La Follette School of Public Affairs. She is a social scientist who studies how public policies affect financial capability among economically vulnerable populations. Her current research encompasses three main domains: (1) assessing the effects of K–12 financial education policies on youth and young adults’ financial outcomes across different socioeconomic groups; (2) investigating how financial regulations affect alternative financial services use; and (3) examining heterogeneities in consumer policy implementation. Previously, she was a National Poverty Fellow at IRP (2018–2020), which she served in residence at OPRE in Washington, DC.

Melody Harvey's Research Interests

  • Consumer policy and regulation
  • Financial capability and well-being
  • Low- and moderate-income individuals, families, and households
  • Role of K-12 education policies in shaping young adults’ finances
  • Social policy
  • Socioeconomic status, class, and economic standing

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