Internship: Center for Financial Security

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This summer, I continue my Project Asssistantship with the Center for Financial Security at UW-Madison.  The Center is funded by a grant through the Social Security Administration.  I am working with Professor Emeritus Karen Holden on a literature review, which applies the theories of human behavior, such as psychoanalysis, behaviorism, and the “culture of poverty,” to the area of financial literacy, financial security, and financial decision-making.  We believe that these theories help to understand why people, especially low-income populations, make the financial choices they do even though it may seem irrational or risky from an outside perspective.

When I am not working on the paper, I am volunteering two days a week at the WI Department for Public Instruction in the charter school and voucher programs.  Working on the same team as Soumary, we talk often about the application and implication of charter schools or other choice educational programs to policy and the larger picture.

Sara Kock is clearly very busy (she is also a LSSA Graduation Coordinator).


About Sylvia Fredericks

Second-Year MPA student at the La Follette School for Public Affairs (University of Wisconsin - Madison)
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