A Fragile Balance: Emergency Savings and Liquid Resources for Low-Income Consumers

A Fragile Balance: Emergency Savings and Liquid Resources for Low-Income Consumers

by J. Collins (Editor)


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A Fragile Balance examines strategies to promote emergency savings, especially among underserved households. Each chapter is by an expert contributor and proposes an innovative financial product or service designed to bolster emergency savings among low-asset families. This collection also offers readers insights into the role of emergency savings and mechanisms to facilitate savings behaviors, and raises critical questions of the scale, institutional capacity, sustainability, accessibility, and effectiveness of existing programs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781137487810
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 03/13/2015
Edition description: 2015
Pages: 234
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Dan Ariely, Duke University, USA Sonya Caesar, Community College of Baltimore County, USA Krista Comer, Washington University in St. Louis, USA Jessica Dorrance, University of North Carolina, USA Karan Gill, King County Council, WA, USA Leah Gjertson, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA Michal Grinstein-Weiss, Washington University in St. Louis, USA Jayson Halladay, Piggymojo, USA Karen Heisler, Rural Dynamics Inc., USA Sharon Henderson, Prosperity Works, USA Ingrid Holguin, Opportunity Fund, USA Clinton Key, The Pew Charitable Trusts, USA Ed Khashadourian, Opportunity to Assets, USA Cäzilia Loibl, The Ohio State University, USA Seth Lutter, Rural Dynamics, Inc., USA Kim Manturuk, Duke University, USA Margaret McKenna, ConTEXT, USA Benita Melton, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, USA Dana Mills, The Prosperity Agenda, USA Jonathan Mintz, Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund, USA Stephanie Moulton, The Ohio State University, USA Dana Perantie, Washington University in St. Louis, USA Blair Russell, Center for Social Development, USA Anya Samak, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA Thomas Shapiro, Brandeis University, USA

Table of Contents

1. Paying for the Unexpected: Making the Case for a New Generation of Strategies to Boost Emergency Savings, Affording Contingencies, and Liquid Resources for Low-Income Families; J. Michael Collins 2. Liquid Savings Patterns and Credit Usage Among the Poor; Leah Gjertson 3. Upside Down: The Failure of Federal Tax Policies to Support Emergency Savings; Ezra Levin 4. Save at Home: Building Emergency Savings One Mortgage Payment at a Time; Stephanie Moulton, Anya Samek, Cäzilia Loibl 5. The SaveUSA Coalition: Using Behavioral Economics to Build Unrestricted Savings at Tax Time; Jonathan Mintz 6. Refund to Savings: Creating Contingency Savings at Tax Time; Michal Grinstein-Weiss, Krista Comer, Blair Russell, Clinton Key, Dana Perantie, Dan Ariely 7. Enhancing Financial Capability TANF Bank Accounts; Karan Gill, Dana Mills, Margaret McKenna 8. Building Emergency Savings Through 'Impulse Saving'; Kim Manturuk, Jessica Dorrance, Jayson Halladay 9. Prosperity SmartSave Card: An Incentivized Emergency Savings Strategy; Sharon Henderson 10. Accelerating Savings Among Low-Income Households; Ed Khashadourian 11. Start2Save: Helping Working Families Meet Unexpected Expenses and Opportunities; Ingrid Holguin 12. Incorporating Savings into the Debt Management Plan; Karen Heisler, Seth Lutter 13. Who Said Pigs Can't Fly? A Learner-Centered Approach to Emergency; Sonya Caesar 14. Epilogue: Emergency Savings as a Central Component of Family Financial Security; J. Michael Collins, Thomas Shapiro

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