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Annamaria Lusardi

Last Updated: February 22, 2011

Annamaria Lusardi is the Director of the Financial Literacy Center, a joint Center of Rand, Dartmouth College, and the Wharton School, created with the support of the Social Security Administration.  She has taught at Dartmouth College, Princeton University, the University of Chicago Public Policy School, the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and Columbia Business School. In 2008 she was a visiting scholar at Harvard Business School. She is currently at the George Washington School of Business. She holds a Ph.D. degree in economics from Princeton University.

Dr. Lusardi’s main areas of research are financial literacy and financial education, saving, Social Security and pensions. Her book, Overcoming the saving slump: How to increase the effectiveness of financial education and saving programs, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2008. Dr. Lusardi has won numerous research awards. Among them is a research fellowship from the Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago, a faculty fellowship from the John M. Olin Foundation, and a junior and senior faculty fellowship from Dartmouth College. She is the recipient of the Fidelity Pyramid Prize, awarded to authors of published applied research that best helps address the goal of improving lifelong financial well-being for Americans.

She is a member of the Technical Review Committee for the Bureau of Labor Statistics' National Longitudinal Surveys Program, a member of the Advisory Board of the Pension Research Council at the Wharton School, and a member of the Scientific Committee of the Center for Research on Pensions and Welfare Policies (CeRP), Turin, Italy. Moreover, she has advised the U.S. Treasury, the U.S. Social Security Administration, the Dutch Central Bank, and the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center on issues related to financial literacy and saving.  She is also the consultant to the Subgroup on the Evaluation of Financial Education Programs, International Network on Financial Education at the OECD.