Why Financial Security and Mobility Matters
For more than two centuries, economic opportunity and upward mobility have formed the foundation of the American Dream, and they remain at the core of our nation's identity. An emerging body of research indicates that savings and assets play an integral role in both a family’s short-term financial health and their ability to move up the economic ladder over time. Pew research published in 2013 found that households that left the bottom of the income ladder had six times more savings than those that did not. As policymakers seek to foster economic opportunity, it’s critical that their decisions be informed by a robust and nonpartisan fact base on the status of family balance sheets, and the importance of family financial capital for achieving the American Dream.
How We Conduct Our Work
The project researches family finances to inform the public and policymakers on ways to improve the financial well-being of all Americans. The initiative seeks to understand the impacts of short-term savings on economic stability for different types of families and the major factors that promote and inhibit financial health and upward mobility.
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A growing body of research has shown that where Americans live is an important factor in their economicsecurity and mobility. Previous studies commissioned or conducted by The Pew Charitable Trusts have found thatstates, metropolitan areas, and even neighborhoods can be critical drivers of people’s financial well-being; theirattitudes toward their economic situations; and the gap in... Read More
On March 30, The Pew Charitable Trusts, in partnership with the National Conference of State Legislatures, hosted a webinar with researchers, state agency personnel, and lawmakers to examine what makes saving so difficult and which strategies, programs, and polices may help families prepare financially. Read More
April is National Financial Capability Month, which presents an important opportunity to focus on the economic challenges facing many U.S. families and on the potential of financial capability programs—such as financial literacy education, counseling, coaching, and planning—to provide possible solutions to Americans’ financial insecurity. Read More