Mathieu Despard, faculty director of SPI, has been selected as an advisor to join the Academic Research Council of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).
How do Americans say they will use direct cash transfers? The answer depends on the frequency and the amount of the payment
From discussions of universal basic income in the 2020 presidential debates to repeated stimulus checks during the COVID-19 pandemic, government cash transfers have received a lot of attention recently. When considering a cash transfer program, policymakers usually have an objective in mind, such as reducing economic inequality, improving households’ ability to meet basic needs, or […]
Guest opinion: How to help your employees avoid the perils of payday loans (Links to an external site)
WashU’s research with employee financial wellness programs, specifically related to employee loans, was featured in a recent op-ed with St. Louis Business Journal.
CityStudioSTL faculty course grant in partnership with SPI (Links to an external site)
The Sam Fox School and the Social Policy Institute at Washington University have awarded their first joint CityStudioSTL Faculty Course Grant to associate professor Catalina Freixas.
SPI researchers win top awards for papers at ACCI Conference
Yingying Zeng, Mathieu Despard, and Sophia Fox-Dichter received the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) Paper Award for their paper “Workplace Financial Counseling: Credit Outcomes Among Lower-Paid, Entry-Level Workers”.
Stephen P. Roll, Blair D. Russell, Dana C. Perantie, and Michal Grinstein-Weiss received the JCA Best Article of the Year for their paper “Encouraging Tax‐Time Savings with a Low‐Touch, Large‐Scale Intervention: Evidence from the Refund to Savings Experiment”.
Employees are stressed about money. Financial wellness benefits can help. (Links to an external site)
The National Fund for Workforce Solutions and the Social Policy Institute at Washington University in St. Louis have collaborated on a new Guide to Employee Financial Wellness to help employers identify the best program for their team. The guide combines four years of research and best practices collected from a wide range of employers using employee financial wellness programs.
SPI program manager Brinda Gupta appears on Humans of St. Louis (Links to an external site)
Brinda speaks on her experience of working at SPI and especially her relationship with her mentor and SPI director Michael Grinstein-Weiss.
Class of 2020 SPI staff graduate!
Congratulations to all the SPI staff who just graduated from the class of 2020!
What COVID-19 is Telling us About our “Swiss Cheese” Economy, Financial Fragility, and Public Health (Links to an external site)
Mat Despard, SPI research, writes about how he and his colleagues will use surveys to learn about the economic impacts of COVID-19 and how these impacts may vary by race, household income, assets, and debt, employment status and industry, and place.
Financial inclusion to help mitigate the economic consequences of COVID-19 (Links to an external site)
Mat Despard, SPI research, writes about policy changes that will help households better cope with the economic fallout of COVID-19 and be better prepared for future catastrophic events.
Social Policy Institute, McDonnell International Scholars Academy award $10,000 seed grants to three research proposals
Social Policy Institute and McDonnell International Scholars Academy have jointly announced the selection of three international policy-focused proposals to receive $10,000 seed grants following a call for proposals in September 2019. The selected proposals will develop research that fosters international collaboration on policy projects and includes faculty from both Washington University and an international university.