Samantha Kappagoda, Chief Economist and Co-Founder of Risk Economics® was invited to speak on a panel jointly sponsored by 100 Women in Hedge Funds, Council for Economic Education and Schulte Roth & Zabel. The topic of the event was The Economics and Psychology of Individual and Household Financial Decision Making, and was held during Financial Literacy Month. The other panelist was Brigitte Madrian, Professor at the Harvard Kennedy School. The event was held at the New York office of Schulte Roth & Zabel on April 28, 2015. As Lead for the Risk Economic’s macroeconomic and portfolio strategy advisory practice, Samantha Kappagoda provides bespoke advisory services as well as research and development (R&D) of rigorous analytics with applications to large-scale, real-world modeling and surveillance of global macroeconomic trends, socioeconomic and demographic conditions, and geopolitical events. Her areas of expertise include currency, fixed income, commodity and capital markets activity, as well as business cycle dynamics, econometric time-series and longitudinal analyses of consumer behavior, labor markets, wealth and income distribution, housing, population and immigration, political risk and international trade, resource allocation, environment, health, aging and retirement. Samantha Kappagoda co-leads research activities at RiskEcon® Lab for Decision Metrics, established in 2011 at Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences NYU, in order to apply a range of computational methods to analyze commercial, consumer and population-related societal trends. She is also Visiting Scholar at Courant Institute, and associated with the Social Media and Political Participation Lab (SMaPP) at NYU, an interdisciplinary collaboration that investigates the relationships between social media and political behavior. Brigitte Madrian is the Aetna Professor of Public Policy and Corporate Management at the Harvard Kennedy School. Before coming to Harvard in 2006, she was on the Faculty at the The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and the Harvard University Economics Department. She is also a Research Associate and Co-Director of the Household Finance working group at the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Samantha Kappagoda was Invited to Speak on The Economics and Psychology of Individual and Household Financial Decision Making