Panel: Financial Capability and Public Policy
(Social & Family Policy)

Saturday, November 10, 2012: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Schaefer (Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Organizers:  Genevieve Melford, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Moderators:  Irene Skricki, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Chairs:  Beadsie Woo, The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Regulations and policies concerning consumer finance have changed significantly over the past five years. The creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is just one example of how policymakers are attempting to remedy potential problems in the consumer financial market. Yet, consumer knowledge and behavior, along with the institutions that support financial decisions, are also important to understand under a shifting policy landscape. This panel explores how consumers attain financial capability and what policymakers can do to facilitate consumer financial decisions.

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Stephanie Moulton, John Glenn School of Public Affairs, The Ohio State University, Caezilia Loibl, Ohio State University and Anya Savikhin, The University of Chicago

Emergency Savings and Household Outcomes
Leah M. Gjertson, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Financial Capability Metrics
Jodi Jacobson, University of Maryland School of Social Work

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