NEFE Supports Global Research at Cherry Blossom Institute

group of people at the 2017 Cherry Blossom Institute

In its commitment to building knowledge in financial capability research, NEFE again sponsored the Cherry Blossom Financial Education Institute in April, hosted by the Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center at George Washington University.

“This conference provides a unique platform for innovative research,” notes Billy Hensley, Ph.D., NEFE’s senior director of education. “It’s an important investment in the body of knowledge for the field.”

With more than 50 presenters and attendees from the United States, Brazil, Japan and seven other countries, the conference included insights on financial behaviors and decision making among youth and adults worldwide. “We are learning a lot from the international community,” says NEFE President and CEO Ted Beck. “It’s humbling, but important, to understand that the U.S. needs to pay attention to innovation in other countries.”

The conference also featured research from “rising scholars” from Chicago, Washington, D.C., Germany and Switzerland. “We also need to hear fresh voices,” says Beck. “This forum brings forward new talent to spark new ideas for consideration.”

Annamaria Lusardi, Ph.D., academic director of GFLEC, oversees the annual institute. Presidential advisory councils on financial capability.

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