Building on the strengths of its affiliates and partners, the Center for Financial Security at the University of Wisconsin–Madison has been awarded a five-year cooperative agreement with the Social Security Administration’s Retirement and Disability Research Consortium.
“This award from SSA is a recognition of UW–Madison’s extensive research and outstanding scholars in the field of aging and disability,” says UW–Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank.
The multidisciplinary center, housed in the School of Human Ecology, received the award along with three other RDRC centers at Boston College, the National Bureau of Economic Research, and the University of Michigan.
The Center for Financial Security and the Asset Funders Network (AFN) collaborated on a case-study investigation of employer-based financial coaching programs in the latest research: Supporting Employee Financial Stability: How Philanthropy Catalyzes Workplace Financial Coaching Programs. This brief shares innovative approaches employers believe increase recruitment and retention while impacting employee financial well-being.
The Center for Financial Security held a webinar on September 11, 2018, which explored survey data from social worker faculty and students. Researchers from the Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis discussed the role of social service professionals in creating more inclusive models of financial capability service delivery.
The Alliance for the American Dream is a new community-university collaboration funded by Schmidt Futures that aims to promote shared prosperity and increase American competitiveness. The University of Wisconsin–Madison (UW) is one of four public universities chosen by Schmidt Futures to partner in this work.
Faculty Director, Center for Financial SecurityFetzer Family Chair in Consumer and Personal Finance
Associate Professor, Consumer Science
Associate Professor, La Follette School of Public Affairs
University of Wisconsin-Madison
In addition to serving as Faculty Director of Center for Financial Security, I hold appointments at the La Follette School of Public Affairs, UW-Extension, Cooperative Extension and the Institute for Research on Poverty.
I study consumer decision-making in the financial marketplace, including the role of public policy in influencing credit, savings and investment choices. My current focus is on financial capability and well-being with a focus on low-income families.
I came to academia after consulting and working in the nonprofit/foundation sector, as well as the public sector. My masters is from the John F. Kennedy School of Government and Harvard University and my PhD is from Cornell University.
Areas of Research Interest: Consumer Decision-Making in the Financial Marketplace, Role of Public Policy in Influencing Credit, Savings and Investment Choices, Financial Capability with Focus on Low-Income Families, and Household Finance
Fenaba Addo, assistant professor of Consumer Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, published a paper in the Journal of Family & Economic Issues, which examines the contribution of wealth to racial/ethnic disparities in unintended first births. The full paper is now available.
Cliff Robb, Associate Professor of Consumer Science and Faculty Director of Consumer Finance and Financial Planning, published a paper in the Journal of Family and Economic Issues, analyzing how student loan debt, both private and public, affects the financial satisfaction of adults, from a sample of ages 18-54. The full paper is now available.
La Follette School of Public Affairs
University of Wisconsin-Madison
email@example.comAreas of Research Interest: retirement preparedness and modeling the interactions among health, job tasks, and labor supply decisions