Passionate about Financial Literacy and Opera Fan

Getting to know Annamaria Lusardi
Posted on February 22, 2016

Professor Annamaria Lusardi’s professional biography is here, but that doesn’t tell us everything we need to know. Here’s six questions and answers with the distinguished economist, who’s one of the Think Forward Summit’s keynote speakers.

  • What would you do if you won EUR 1 million in the lottery?

    I know that this question doesn't apply to me because I don't buy lottery tickets. Lotteries might be fun but they don't make anyone rich.

  • What do you do to relieve stress (whether it’s financial or not)?

    I listen to the opera.

  • If you could create one piece of financial legislation, what would it be?

    I would create legislation to put financial literacy in the schools — starting as early as possible.

  • What are your goals for when you retire? Will you ever retire?

    Yes, I plan to retire. I hope that I will be able to write more and also go to the opera more often.

  • What do you “know now” that you wish you “knew then” (in terms of finances)?

    I have written about this in my blog for The Wall Street Journal. You can find my answer to this question in this article, titled "How an Economics Professor Ignored Her Own Finances," and in this article, titled "The Financial Advice I Wish I Had Gotten at Graduation."

  • Do you have a ritual or something before you get on stage to present to hundreds/thousands people?

    I breathe deeply and try to be calm. I also sing Puccini in my head.