The Center for Financial Security has over 30 faculty affiliates across departments at UW-Madison, as well as more than 30 fellows at other institutions. This work has involved disciplines including consumer science, sociology, business, economics, finance, public policy and administration, marketing, risk and insurance, accounting, library sciences, public health, mass communications, engineering/computer science, social psychology and other fields. The Center serves as a hub for applied research studies, media inquiries and partnerships related to issues such as: credit, debt and debt management, savings, income volatility, public assistance, student loans, insurance, retirement planning, asset building and wealth, mortgages and housing issues, financial coaching, financial access, financial technology (FinTech), services and product innovations, financial regulation, financial education, financial well-being, economic determinants of health, social networks and finances, relationships and finance and more.
The Center has hosted events in cooperation with other departments and centers, but the unique nature of household finance has broad enough appeal to become a stand alone series. A new open seminar series launching with the 2016-2017 academic year will be held Thursdays at 3:45 PM in the Wisconsin Idea Room located in Nancy Nicholas Hall. The Center will host approximately 10 seminars per semester with outside speakers from the region, graduate student presenters and campus-based faculty presenters. We will seek out early stage work and encourage junior faculty and researchers new to the household finance area to present with the goal of fostering constructive feedback and insights for new work.
Fall 2018 Speaker Calendar:
Rourke O’Brien – Does Viewing FICO Scores Change Financial Behavior? Evidence from a Field Experiment (September 21, 2017)
Emilia Tjernström – Media and Motivation: The Effect of Performance Pay on Writers (September 28, 2017)
Event – FinTech: Innovations for Family Financial Security (October 5, 2017)
Jaime Luque – Cross-border Mortgage Lending in the European Sovereign Debt Crisis (October 12, 2017)
Lindsay Jacobs – Estimating Retirement Preparedness Using the Survey of Consumer Finances (October 19, 2017)
Erik Hembre – What are the Roles of Mortgages in Retirement? (October 26, 2017)
Emily Gallagher – Medicaid and Household Savings Behavior: New Evidence from Tax Refunds (November 9, 2017)
Tansel Yilmazer – (November 16, 2017)
Cliff Robb – (November 30, 2017)
J. Michael Collins – (December 7, 2017)