Dr. Joelle Saad-Lessler

week 4

Collectivism in Crisis

April 29, 2020

Collectivism in Crisis

Dr. Joelle Saad-Lessler

COVID-19 is putting Americans’ savings shortfalls in stark relief. A Bankrate survey found only 40 percent of Americans could pay an unexpected $1,000 expense — such as an emergency room visit — and amid the pandemic, many have been laid off, furloughed or are otherwise unable to work. Could a collective approach help forge much-needed safety nets? Dr. Joelle Saad-Lessler explores how individuals can benefit from a social network of kin and friends, rather than formal institutions, especially as a backup safety net.

About the Speaker
Dr. Joelle Saad-Lessler is associate dean of undergraduate studies at the School of Business,. She is an expert in econometric modeling, statistical programming and data analysis whose research on the determinants of retirement savings behavior has been published in journals such as Social Security Bulletin, Industrial Labor Relations Review and the Cambridge Journal of Economics. She also has received funding from the National Endowment for Financial Education. The research work presented in her talk was co-developed with Dr. Karen Richman, director of undergraduate studies at the Institute for Latino Studies at Notre Dame.

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