About GWSB and Dr. Annamaria Lusardi

The George Washington University School of Business

The George Washington University, located in the heart of Washington, D.C, was founded in 1928 on the principle that business and government have intersecting roles in promoting national prosperity and international development. Today, GWU is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia, with more than 20,000 students from across the USA, as well as from more than 130 countries around the world. The GW School of Business (GWSB) emerged in the years following World War II and since then has developed a robust curriculum and strong faculty with demonstrated excellence in the academic, government and business world. Today, the GWSB is building on the theme of business and government partnerships through a revitalized curriculum and research focus centered on leading the conversation about the relationship among business, politics and society in the context of the global community.

Dr. Annamaria Lusardi


Annamaria Lusardi is the Denit Trust Chair of Economics and Accountancy at the George Washington University School of Business (GWSB). Moreover, she is the Academic Director of the GWSB Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center (GFLEC), and the Director of the Financial Literacy Center (FLC), a joint Center with Dartmouth College, the Rand Corporation, and the Wharton School. Previously, she was the Joel Z. and Susan Hyatt Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College, where she taught for twenty years. She has also taught at Princeton University, the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and Columbia Business School. From January to June 2008, she was a visiting scholar at Harvard Business School. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University and a BA in Economics from Bocconi University.

Dr. Lusardi has won numerous research awards. Among them is a research fellowship from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, a faculty fellowship from the John M. Olin Foundation, a junior and senior faculty fellowship from Dartmouth College. She was also awarded the 2014 William A. Forbes Public Awareness Award from the Council for Economic Education, the 2013 William E. Odom Visionary Leadership Award from the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, and the National Numeracy Network’s inaugural 2012 Steen Award. Moreover, she is the recipient of the 2007 Fidelity Pyramid Prize, an award to authors of published applied research that best helps address the goal of improving lifelong financial well-being for Americans.

She has written more than fifty academic articles and edited two books: Overcoming the Saving Slump: How to Increase the Effectiveness of Financial Education and Saving Programs published by the University of Chicago Press in 2008, and Financial Literacy: Implications for Retirement Security and the Financial Marketplace, joint with Olivia Mitchell, published by Oxford University Press in 2011. She has advised the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, FINRA Investor Education Foundation, the Dutch Central Bank, the OECD, the NYSE Foundation, and the World Bank on issues related to financial literacy and financial education. In 2009, she served as a faculty advisor for the Office of Financial Education of the U.S. Treasury. In 2010, she was recognized by The New York Times as one of the six most influential economists in the area of financial reform.

Visit Dr. Lusardi’s blog at the Wall Street Journal
or visit Dr. Lusardi’s blog at Forbes.com