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Davenport Discussion to Feature Faculty Research on Improving Retirement Planning for an Aging Hispanic Community

September 27, 2017  | 1 min read


Dr. Luisa Blanco, associate professor of public policy, will lead the School of Public Policy Davenport Discussion roundtable seminar in SPP Rm 179 on the Drescher Graduate Campus on Tuesda, October 3, at noon. Blanco will be sharing how her team has sought to improve retirement savings among low- and middle-income Spanish-speaking Hispanics. Drawing on the tenets of behavioral economics, her team designed and piloted an educational intervention to promote financial planning for retirement through opening a retirement account. Through a randomized controlled trial, they are studying the effect of the intervention on the primary outcome of opening a government-sponsored retirement plan, my Retirement Account (myRA), as well as secondary outcomes of mental and physical health. 

Each semester at the Pepperdine School of Public Policy, the Davenport Institute hosts a series of lunchtime Davenport Discussions with practitioners, journalists, innovators, and researchers who speak to students on a wide range of issues from state and local finance to the use of technology in government to the outlook for cities in a state budget crisis and much more. These interactive sessions give students an opportunity not only to hear from experts in the field but to ask questions and make personal connections as well. For more information contact Sarah Axen.

Lunch will be served.

All Davenport Discussion sessions are eligible for one (1) Professional Development credit for School of Public Policy students.