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The case is often made that financial education leads to improved financial decisions. In this paper, we begin by assessing the need for financial education by reviewing national trends in savings, debt, and retirement funding as well as by reviewing the literature linking personal financial More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
Abstract: We use a new and large panel dataset of household income to shed light on the permanent versus transitory nature of rising inequality in individual male labor earnings and in total household income, both before and after taxes, in the United States over the period 1987-2006. Due to the More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
Abstract: American women tend to be less financially literate than men, which is consistent with a household division of labor in which men manage finances. However, women also tend to outlive their husbands, so they will eventually need to take over this task. Using a new survey of older couples, More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
Abstract: Since the beginning of the recent recession, the employment-population ratio for high-school age youth (16-17 years old) has fallen by nearly a third, to its lowest level ever. However, this recession has exacerbated a longer-run downward trend that actually began in the 1990s and More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
The Current Population Survey (CPS) is a monthly survey of households conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It supports a set of widely reported monthly economic indicator statistics such as the national unemployment rate. As a household survey, the CPS provides More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Dataset
Date: 3/28/2012
Abstract: We study the trend in household income uncertainty using a novel approach that measures income uncertainty as the variance of forecast errors at each future horizon separately without imposing parametric restrictions on the underlying income shocks. We find that household income More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
The Social Security Statement is sent annually to each individual over age 25. The Statement contains information regarding the Social Security program, the individual's past covered earnings and contributions, and an estimate of the individual's future retirement benefits. Given the complexity of More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
Abstract: We propose a novel approach to estimate household income uncertainty at various future horizons and characterize how the estimated uncertainty evolves over the life cycle. We measure income uncertainty as the variance of linear forecast errors conditional on information available to More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
Abstract: Recent fiscal policies have aimed to stimulate household spending. In 2008, most households received one-time economic stimulus payments. In 2009, most working households received the Making Work Pay tax credit in the form of reduced withholding; other households, mainly retirees, More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
Abstract: This paper demonstrates the important role of job displacement in the household bankruptcy decision. I develop a dynamic, forward-looking model of unemployment and bankruptcy where persistent negative income shocks increase a household's likelihood of filing for bankruptcy both More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012