Clinton Key leads Pew’s research on economic mobility, savings and financial security, including conducting original research that explores the savings behavior of Americans and evaluates the potential of programs and policies to improve the financial situation of American households. Key develops and implements rigorous data collection and analysis strategies to create a better understanding of how households save and the role of savings in people’s lives.
Before coming to Pew, Key was the research director for the asset-building program at the University of North Carolina School of Social Work and a consultant for the Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis. He designed field experiments and statistical investigations into the saving and consumption habits of American households, and evaluated the effectiveness of programs designed to help families save.
Key holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Chicago and a master’s in sociology from the University of North Carolina.