Economics faculty member to lead Public Affairs Discussion Group on encouraging savings in developing countries

prinaSilvia Prina, associate professor of economics, will lead the next Public Affairs Discussion Group, addressing the topic “Encouraging Savings by the Poor in Developing Countries.”

In the uncertainty of poverty in poor countries, saving is not easy. Banking systems in poor countries tend to be poorly developed, inconvenient, not necessarily reliable and also unfamiliar. So what must be done to make saving more possible for the populations, and what would the effects be by helping people save? Prina recently conducted a field experiment in Nepal to investigate those questions.

Join the discussion Friday, Jan. 30, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Kelvin Smith Library’s Dampeer Room.

Since 1989, faculty, emeriti, students and staff have gathered on Fridays for a brown-bag lunch and to discuss topics in public affairs.

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