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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Seven years after the Great Recession, many American families are still feeling economically vulnerable: More than half report that they are not financially prepared for the unexpected, and a third say they have no savings. Read More
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