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Seminar VI: Experimental Evidence of the Efficacy of Financial Education for Adults: A Cross Experiment Comparison

J. Michael Collins
Faculty Director of the Center for Financial Security, University of Wisconsin, Madison


Paper: Investor Education for Credit Union Employees: Survey Results for Wisconsin

Paper: The impacts of mandatory financial education: Evidence from a randomized field study

Paper: Online Financial Education for Employees, A Randomized Experiment,

Watch the presentation

Dec 13, 2012
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Reception to follow

The George Washington University School of Business
Room 652, Duquès Hall
2201 G Street NW (22nd Street entrance)
Metro: Foggy Bottom Station

Financial Literacy Talks: Interview with Financial Literacy Thought Leaders

Bio: J. Michael Collins

J. Michael Collins is faculty director of the Center for Financial Security at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is a faculty affiliate of the UW-Extension, Cooperative Extension, the Institute for Research on Poverty, and the La Follette School of Public Affairs. Collins studies consumer decision-making in the financial marketplace, including the role of public policy in influencing credit, savings and investment choices.

His work includes the study of financial capability with a focus on low-income families. He directed the Social Security Administration Financial Literacy Research Consortium site at Wisconsin (2009-2012). He is currently involved in studies of mortgage foreclosure and family well-being supported by the John D and Catherine T. MacArthur foundation, financial counseling supported by the Annie E. Casey foundation, and emergency savings policies for the C.S. Mott Foundation.

Collins brings nearly a decade of applied experience to his research. He founded PolicyLab Consulting Group, a research consulting firm working with national foundations and government agencies, and co-founded MortgageKeeper Referral Services, an online database for mortgage servicers and counselors. He also worked for NeighborWorks America (Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation) and the Millennial Housing Commission.

He holds a Masters from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, a PhD from Cornell University, and a BS from Miami University (OH).