Webinar: The Rise of Industrial Robots and Increased Overdose and Disability Rates: A Story of Automation and Addiction in the U.S.

Mortality rates for working age adults without a college degree have increased in recent years, driven by rising ‘deaths of despair’ including drug overdose mortality. At the same time, demand for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) programs among working age adults have increased in recent decades. Research suggests that fading economic opportunities—such as the decline of manufacturing employment—may explain an important portion of these worrisome trends.

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Webinar on Student Loan Debt Relief: What Do We Know?

The economic challenges from the pandemic have drawn added attention to student loan debt relief. There are various approaches to address the $1.7 trillion of national student loan debt or reduce loan default: employer-sponsored repayment, public service loan forgiveness, income-based repayment plans, deferment, refinancing, loan consolidation and in particular loan forgiveness.

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CFS RDRC Training Program Information Session

Topic: CFS Training Opportunities

Time: Jan 14, 2021 03:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Fall 2020 Speaker Calendar

September 17: Christiana Stoddard, Montana State University, Determinants of the Use of Supplemental Security Income by American Indian and Alaska Natives

September 24: Kangli Li, University of Wisconsin-Madison, The Impact of COVID-19 Lockdowns and Stimulus Payments on Spending of U.S. Lower-income Consumers

October 1: Luisa Blanco, Pepperdine University, Mind your money: A community-based randomized controlled trial of a mobile financial capability intervention among Hispanics (read project description here)

October 8: Susan Carter, Westpoint, Financially Fit? Comparing the credit records of young service members and civilians

October 15: Justin Gallagher, Montana State University, Weathering an Unexpected Financial Shock: The Role of Cash Grants on Household Finance and Business Survival

October 22: Jialan Wang, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Topic Title TBD

October 29: Ngoc Dao, University of Wisconsin-Madison, State Retirement Income Tax Break

November 5: Jordan van Rijn & Andres Shahidinejad, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Credit Unions & Market Competition

November 12: Lydia Ashton, University of Wisconsin-Madison, User-generated Content on SSDI Application Process

November 19: Crystal C. Hall, University of Washington, Applied Behavioral Science and Financial Decision Making: New Approaches and Insights

December 3: Melody Harvey, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Who Recalls High School Personal Finance?

New Harris Poll Commissioned by DailyPay, Funding Our Future, and CFS Focuses on Millennials and Their Savings Habits Amid the Global Pandemic

A new Harris Poll among over 500 U.S. millennials (ages 24-39), commissioned by DailyPay, the Funding Our Future Campaign, and the Center for Financial Security at the University of Wisconsin reveals that millennials have been hit hard financially by the global pandemic. More than half (52%) note that their savings on hand have declined since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and more than 2 in 5 (44%) cite they have either no savings (17%) or not enough savings to cover a $400 emergency expense (27%).

“This data shows the resilience of younger generations in the face of the second major economic shock of their financial lives, as well as highlights how vulnerable people are today, especially given the effects of the pandemic on top of student loan debt and other concerns,” said J. Michael Collins, Director of the Center for Financial Security. “It is also notable that Social Security is still very much viewed as being important, even among young people, as a pathway to financial security.”

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