human development and family studies

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Nilton Porto


Nilton Porto is Assistant Professor of Personal Finance in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Rhode Island. Prior to returning to academia, he spent over a decade in various management positions in the banking industry after obtaining an MBA in finance from Case Western Reserve University. He has worked as a project assistant at the Center for Financial Security at the University of Wisconsin – Madison for four years conducting research on financial literacy, financial capability, and financial well-being. His research applies behavioral economics concepts such as the role of reference points to personal finance and consumer behavior. He is a member of the American Council on Consumer Interests, the American Economic Association, the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education, and the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management. He received his Ph.D. in household economics from the University of Wisconsin in August 2014.ics.


  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2014
  • MBA, Case Western Reserve University, 1998
  • JD, Pontifical Catholic University, RS, 1995

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