Financial Inclusion in the USA and UK: A working group discussion on comparative approaches.

Held on Monday, March 5

Session coordinators

  • Lisa Servon (UPenn)

  • Christine Allison



Last year, we organised a very interesting and informative discussion with Lisa Servon – professor at the University of Pennsylvania and author of “The Unbanking of America: How the new middle class survives” – to discuss her research into unbanked and underbanked households in the US.

Lisa is now (temporarily) back in the UK, to kick off a comparative study of US and UK approaches  towards financial inclusion, with a particular focus on  “alternative” financial services, i.e. those  outside the mainstream banking market such as short-term/payday lenders, credit unions, cheque-cashing services, and so-on.

We have put together a high level group of people – policy makers and practitioners – who work in this space, to share their thoughts with Lisa, in the form of a free ranging round-table discussion.

Our hope is to make this an open session. So, if you’d like to observe proceedings (and perhaps chip in yourself) you would be very welcome – just let us know by emailing or phoning the Centre (0207 621 1056). There will, of course, be wine and sandwiches.

Sincerely yours,

Andrew Hilton