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Karen Holden

Karen Holden

Expert on the economic status of the older population and on financial literacy

Professor emerita, consumer science and public affairs School of Human Ecology Work: 608-263-9283 Home page


  • Social Security and pensions
  • preparation for and economic effects of widowhood
  • financial literacy


  • Currently co-investigator of Financial Literacy Research Consortium grant from Social Security Administration
  • Founder (and current affiliate) of Center for Financial Security
  • Served on National Academy of Social Insurance Task force, which examined the administrative requirements for possible individualized accounts in Social Security