How Households Expect to Cope in a Financial Emergency

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How Households Expect to Cope in a Financial Emergency

Abstract

How households cope with financial emergencies depends largely on the resources at their disposal. Differential access to good financial options affects how much households pay for credit in a time of need, which can vary substantially. Using data from the Making Connections Cross-Site Survey (20022004), we examine how households with incomes over $30,000 and those with incomes below $30,000 would respond in a financial emergency and find that in general, higher-income households were more likely to use conventional methods while lower-income households were more likely to use alternative (and often more expensive) methods to pay unexpected bills.

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