Cherry Blossom Financial Education Institute

The 5th Cherry Blossom Financial Education Institute will take place at the George Washington University on April 11-12, 2019. The National Endowment for Financial Education and MFS Investment Management are once again generously sponsoring the event.

The keynote address will be given by Monika Bütler, Professor of Economics at the Swiss Institute for Empirical Economic Research, University of St. Gallen in Switzerland.

David Robinson, Professor of Finance and the J. Rex Fuqua Distinguished Professor of International Management at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, will offer special remarks.

A Financial Literacy Research Award, sponsored by the National Endowment for Financial Education, will be presented to the authors of the best paper submitted for presentation at the 5th Cherry Blossom Financial Education Institute. The award includes a prize of $5,000.

Attendance is by invitation only.

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The idea for the annual Cherry Blossom Financial Education Institute originated at the 2010 Colloquium held by the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE): Quarter Century Project: 25 Years of Research in Financial Education. For that event, an extensive body of research was collected and presented, but little consensus emerged about what makes financial education effective.

To further our understanding of the effectiveness of financial education, three researchers— Annamaria Lusardi of GFLEC, Michael Staten of the University of Arizona, and William Walstad of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln—organized and conducted a forum (or “Institute”) in April 2014 with researchers who were invited to discuss key research issues and works in progress. This first Institute was hosted by the Take Charge America Institute (TCAI) at the University of Arizona.

The success of the 2014 event led GFLEC to host a second Institute in Washington, D.C., in April 2015, funded by TCAI. This second Institute was named the Cherry Blossom Financial Education Institute and thus the annual event was born. The research committee selecting the papers for presentation continues to be comprised of Professors Lusardi, Staten, and Walstad.

NEFE became the main sponsor of the Institute in 2016 and supports the Financial Literacy Research Award, which was inaugurated in 2018. MFS Investment Management has supported the Institute since 2018.

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