Webinar: What Motivates Consumers to Check their Credit?: Evidence from a Field Experiment

Most consumers do not obtain their annual credit report or participate in credit monitoring offered by credit reporting agencies and financial institutions. In 2010, only about 16 million American consumers checked their credit for free through one of the big three credit bureaus. Many possess inaccurate beliefs about their creditworthiness despite the availability of free credit checks. Financial decisions made with inaccurate credit information may be costly for consumers, harm their ability to borrow in the future, and, ultimately, diminish financial well-being. This study builds on a growing literature on reminder effects. Using a field experiment with a credit union in the United States, the effect of email reminders on credit checks is analyzed. The results from the study reveal that reminders are largely ineffective in encouraging consumers to check their credit.
In this October 23rd webinar, researcher Madelaine L’Esperance provides background on the study followed by presentations from the practice and policy perspectives.

Webinar: How are Older Adults Affected by Debt Stress and Mortgage Borrowing? Study Findings and Implications

Researchers, Stephanie Moulton, Caezilia Loibl, and Donald Haurin, from The Ohio State University shared study background and findings for their research on “Debt Stress and Mortgage Borrowing in Older Age: Implications for Economic Security in Retirement”, which was funded through the Social Security Administration’s Retirement and Disability Research Consortium.

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Webinar: Nursing Home Care and the Impact of an ACA Program: An Overview of Study Findings and Implications

One in three 65-year-olds will require long term care at some point in their lives. Medicaid currently covers nursing home expenses for 6 out of 10 residents. Not all those who require care need enough help to justify moving into a nursing home, but in many states Medicaid will not pay for care received at home. In these states, moving into a nursing home is the only way to get help paying for care.

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Reverse Mortgage Borrowing and Life Satisfaction of Older Adults: A Webinar Presentation of Findings and Implications

The Center for Financial Security held a webinar on November 14, 2018, which explored findings from a new study that examines the relationship of reverse mortgage borrowing with older adults’ satisfaction with their financial situation, housing, health, and daily life/leisure as well as with life as a whole. Cäzilia Loibl, researcher from The Ohio State University, discussed the study objectives, methodology, findings, and implications. Discussants from ESOP (Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People), a subsidiary of the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging, shared their practitioner perspectives on the broader subject of older adult financial security, housing, and the issues that face older adult populations in reaching financial well-being and overall life well-being. 

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