February 1, 2008

The Douglas B. and Joseph H. Gardner Commons
Henry Kaufman Management Center
44 West 4th Street
New York, NY 10012

New York University hosted the First Annual Forum on Financial Access on February 1, 2008. The conference was organized by the Financial Access Initiative (FAI), in collaboration with student groups from NYU, Yale, and Harvard, and sponsored by the Economist magazine.

Presentation materials are available by clicking on the links below:

Microfinance: Impact and Design (Dean Karlan)

Microfinance Panel: Demand Impact Psychology (Jonathan Morduch)

Psychology of Debt (Sendhil Mullainathan)

Consumer Protection in Credit Markets (David Porteous)

Objective: To discuss what is known and unknown about the unmet demand for financial services by the poor and the impact of access to finance on poor households.


9:00 to 9:15 Registration
9:15 to 9:30 Welcome and opening remarks
9:30 to 11:00 Directors Plenary Panel: Demand, Impact and the Psychology of Poor Households
Jonathan Morduch, Dean Karlan, Sendhil Mullainathan
11:00 to 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 to 12:30 Student Debates
Moderated by Matthew Bishop, The Economist
12:30 to 1:30 Lunch and Plenary Panel : Ideas to Policy Michael Kremer, David Porteous, Diana Taylor
1:30 to 2:00 Closing Remarks : Policy to Action


For more information on the Financial Access Initiative please visit www.financialaccess.org.

Special thanks to:


The Economist


NYU Wagner's Office of International Programs

Stern Social Enterprise Association