Current Research
Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics

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Judith Aboagye
Ph.D. Student

My current research examines the impact of non-traditional mobile banking and microfinance on financial inclusion in Ghana. The research involves the use of quantitative surveys, focus groups, and one-on-one interview data collected over the summer of 2017.

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Morgan Bryant
Ph.D. Student/Graduate Assistant

My current research interests are focused on the impact of social influences mediated by social media technologies on consumer behavior and decision-making. Ongoing research projects include multiple environments of social commerce, influences of gender signals, the sharing economy, purchasing behavior impacted by consumer identity and engagement with television characters, and online real estate advertising signals of green spaces. Furthermore, my interest and experience includes both qualitative and quantitative research methods, particularly focused on social media platforms.

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Lu Fan
Ph.D. Student / Graduate Assistant

I currently collaborate with several faculty members on research projects regarding the influence of emotions on the effectiveness of financial education, teaching large classes using interactive technology, as well as topics such as consumer's needs of financial professional help, information search, personlaity types and bequest motive, and financial satisfaction.

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Timi Jorgensen
Ph.D. Student / Graduate Assistant

I work with the HMRE Team as part of the Discovering Money Solutions coaching staff. 

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Aman Sunder
Ph.D. Candidate, Graduate Assistant, and Instructor on Record

The Great Recession and Risky Asset Allocation in Household Portfolios: Evidence from a National Study
This study examines the association between the use of financial planners through the period of Great Recession and changes in risky asset allocations within household investment portfolios during this period


Change in Financial Assets of Households Following the Great Recession and the Role of Financial Planning
This study focuses on studying the relationship between continuous use of financial planners during the Great Recession and the changes in household financial assets following the Great Recession.


Does Prosocial Motivation Influence Student Engagement with Clients? Findings from a Financial Planning Service Learning Program
Prosocial motivation is an individual characteristic which motivates certain individuals to make a contribution to society through public service and community building endeavors. This pilot study explored the dynamic interaction between prosocial motivation, self-efficacy, and client engagement over the course of a 10-week service learning project in financial planning. Undergraduate and graduate students in accounting and financial planning who participated in the pilot study completed weekly surveys assessing their prosocial motivation, and copies of their letters to clients were analyzed.

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