Kenneth De Beckker
Assistant Professor of Finance
Open Universiteit & KU Leuven
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My primary research field is financial literacy. Specifically, my research interests include the impact of financial education on students’ financial literacy levels and behavioral changes. More recently I focus on the impact of standardized regulatory disclosures on investment decisions. In addition I am interested in sustainable finance. My research is policy oriented, in that regard I participate in various national and international research projects
Currently I teach International Corporate Finance at the KU Leuven and Financial Management at the Open Universiteit. In the past I gained teaching experience in a wide range of finance courses as well as economics and economic policy in multiple languages (i.e. Dutch, English and French).
In addition to publications in several academic journals, I also communicate my research to a broad audience. Both through lectures and articles in various national media. I also (co-) authored multiple books. You can find my CV here.
August 2023: Opinion article in national newspaper – “Of de spaarrentes nu echt gaan beginnen stijgen, hangt van onszelf af” [Whether savings rates will indeed increase now relies on our actions] (De Tijd , 25 August 2023)
Mei 2023: “Waarom Belgen hun geld niet massaal overzetten naar een spaarrekening met een hogere rente” [Why Belgians do not massively transfer their savings to a savings account with a higher interest rate] (VRT NWS, 23 May 2023)
January 2023: Best Teacher Recognition 2022 – Faculty of Economics and Business, KU Leuven.
September 2022: Opinion article in national newspaper – “Hoe inflatie de FIRE-beweging onderuit kan halen” [How inflation can undermine the FIRE movement] (De Morgen, 5 September 2022)
August 2022: Opinion article in national newspaper – “Maak financiële educatie vast onderdeel van het onderwijscurriculum” [Make financial education a part of the education curriculum] (Het Financieele Dagblad, 11 August 2022)
June 2022: Opinion article in national magzine – “Zien we het begin van een duurzame hernieuwde interesse in de beurs?” [Do we see the start of a renewed interest in the stock market?] (Knack, 29 June 2022)
June 2022: Our paper “The role of national culture in financial literacy: Cross-country evidence” co-authored with Kristof De Witte and Geert Van Campenhout, is among the top 10 most downloaded papers of the Journal of Consumer Affairs in the 12 months following publication.
May 2022: Invited to present at the G53 Financial Literacy and Personal Finance Research Network Brown Bag Seminar.
April 2022: Our paper “The role of national culture in financial literacy: Cross-country evidence” co-authored with Kristof De Witte and Geert Van Campenhout- is among the top cited papers of the Journal of Consumer Affairs in 2020-2021.
March 2022: Our EUFin project that developped and tested financial literacy courses, has received the EU Erasmus+ ‘Good Practice Example’ recognition
February 2022: Video lecture ‘Universiteit van Vlaanderen’ – “Waarom je aan je kind moet vertellen hoeveel je verdient” [Why you should tell your children how much money you make]
It is more important than ever to be financially literateHet is vandaag de dag belangrijker dan ooit om financieel geletterd te zijn