Pew’s financial security and mobility project studies the financial well-being of American families and how their balance sheets relate to both short-term financial stability and longer-term economic mobility. The initiative builds on Pew research that shows savings and assets are key to moving up the economic ladder, both within a lifetime and across generations. The project strives to foster policy debate and action on how best to improve opportunity to ensure that the American Dream is within reach of everyone.
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Education continues to be a key driver of financial security for many American households. Research has repeatedly shown that a college degree has a direct impact on upward economic mobility, particularly for those raised at the bottom of the income ladder. However, student debt is a growing burden for many families, causing concern for policymakers at all levels of government. Read More
On Sept. 13, the U.S. Census Bureau released its annual report on the state of income and poverty in the United States, highlighting how families fared in 2015. Read More
On June 30, The Pew Charitable Trusts hosted an event highlighting the state of employer-sponsored benefits and the impact on firms and workers of changes in the benefits landscape. The discussion brought together a diverse set of speakers who focused on the role of research, policy, advocacy, and philanthropy in understanding the evolving nature of work, and four themes emerged from the... Read More