Brief How Households Expect to Cope in a Financial Emergency
Lynette A. Rawlings, Kerstin Gentsch
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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.
Research Areas Economic mobility and inequality Social safety net
Tags Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Income and wealth distribution Opportunity and ownership