CFS receives funding for research on financially vulnerable

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.

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Supporting Employee Financial Stability: How Philanthropy Catalyzes Workplace Financial Coaching Programs

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.

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Reaching Vulnerable Populations with FCAB (Financial Capability and Asset Building) Services: A Webinar Exploration and Discussion

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. 

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The Alliance For The American Dream: DreamUp Wisconsin

Community members and university faculty have a chance to discuss ideas at one of the many community forums held to kick off DreamUp Wisconsin.

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.

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J. Michael Collins

CollinsFaculty Director, Center for Financial Security Fetzer 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.

jmcollins@wisc.edu

(608) 262-0369

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

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Cliff Robb Publishes Paper in Journal of Family and Economic Issues Titled “The Influence of Student Loan Debt on Financial Satisfaction”

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.  

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