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Dr. Joanne Yoong
The RAND Corporation
Presentation Title: "Five Steps to Planning Success": Developing and Testing New Strategies for Reaching Young Adults"
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April 20, 2012
3:30pm to 5:00pm
Reception to follow
The George Washington University School of Business
2201 G Street NW (22nd Street entrance)
Metro: Foggy Bottom Station
Cynthia Needles Fletcher is Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Iowa State University with responsibilities for Extension, research, and teaching focused on family economic and social policy issues-ranging from financial capability to rural poverty. Fletcher develops and evaluates Iowa State Extension community-based financial education programs that target such diverse audiences as low-incomes families, women, secondary teachers, and investors at each life stage. Current research assesses barriers to family asset-building in rural Midwest communities, investment education innovations in underserved communities, and the effects of financial literacy on college students' academic success. Fletcher received the American Council on Consumer Interests Distinguished Fellow Award in 2012.
Nick Maynard is the Director of Innovation for Doorways to Dreams Fund (D2D) where he leads the Financial Entertainment (FE) innovation work. Nick holds both an MBA and an MPP from Harvard University; he also holds a BSE from Princeton University. D2D is a national nonprofit whose mission is to strengthen the financial opportunity and security of low to moderate income ("LMI") consumers by innovating, incubating and stimulating new financial products and policies.
Joanne Yoong is an economist at the RAND Corporation, where her research is focused on individual decisionmaking with an emphasis on finance, health, and economic development; she is also a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her previous research in applied microeconomics was largely based in India and included studies of the impact of hospital financing on doctors' delivery of child-health services (in Madhya Pradesh) and the design of microcredit loan contracts to support better long-term investments in health (in Orissa State, joint with Aprajit Mahajan and Alessandro Tarozzi). She was also a credit derivatives research analyst in the Fixed Income, Commodities and Currencies Division of Goldman Sachs in New York and London. As an adjunct staff member at RAND in 2007, her work investigated the use of American Life Panel survey to address issues related to financial literacy and asset market participation in older adults. Yoong received her A.B. in economics and applied and computational mathematics from Princeton University, and her Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University, where she was an FSI Starr Foundation Fellow.