Training & Mentoring

We need the best minds to advance the research on financial literacy and personal finance. The G53 Network has established a mentoring and training program for young scholars and graduate students. This program aims to develop the next generation of researchers and fuel the expansion of the field.

Because our members come from different institutions, countries, and disciplines, they can provide the expertise and interdisciplinary mentorship needed to enrich research and advance the field globally.

We know how difficult it is for graduate students and junior researchers to work in a new field. They need mentorship and support, and they need publishing opportunities. We will address these challenges together.

  • Introducing our new initiative: The G53 Network Brown Bag Lunch


We are pleased to announce the launch of the G53 Network Brown Bag Lunch initiative as part of our training and mentoring platform.

Once a month, graduate students, postdocs, and assistant professors can share research in progress with an expert panel of Network members.

The G53 Network Brown Bag Lunch is held virtually to offer opportunities for junior researchers from around the world to connect with Network members.

If you are interested in sharing your work in progress, email us at g53network@gwu.edu attaching the latest version of your working paper and indicating your:

  • Name
  • Affiliation
  • Country
  • Research title

Here is the list of the presentations:

  • January 31, 2022:  Dr. Luis Oberrauch (University of Tuebingen, Germany): “Measuring financial literacy: psychometric evidence.”
  • February 25, 2022: Jasmira Wiersma (University of Groningen, The Netherlands): “Skating on thin ice: New evidence on financial fragility.”
  • March 30, 2022: Dongni Duan (University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK): “Growing up with Finance: Special Economic Zoning and Household Finances in China.”
  • April 27, 2022: Megan Hunter (Boston College Carroll
    School of Management): “Consumer
    Choice and Corporate Bankruptcy,” jointly written with Samuel Antill (HBS).
  • May 25, 2022: Kenneth De Beckker (Open University, The Netherlands, KU Leuven, Belgium): “Investment Criteria of Mutual Fund Investors: Does Financial Literacy Alter Individual Choices?”
  • June 29, 2022: Dr. Tabea Bucher-Koenen (University of Mannheim, Mannheim Institute for Financial Education (MIFE, ZEW): “Disparities in financial literacy, pension planning, and saving behavior,” jointly written with A. Hackethal, J. Kasinge & C. Laudenbach.

  • July 27, 2022: Giovanni Gallo (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy) and Alessia Sconti (The George Washington University School of Business, GFLEC): “How Much Does Financial Literacy Matter? Evidence on Inequality Levels.”