2014 Assets Learning Conference

Household Economic Well-Being and Mobility

Friday, September 19th, 2014
10:15-11:45 AM

Room: Salon 12

The ability to move up the economic ladder within a lifetime or from one generation to the next is at the heart of the American Dream. But recent research on household finances has called into question whether this dream is possible for many American families. Panelists in this session will present an overview research from The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Financial Security and Mobility Team, the Institute on Assets and Social Policy’s Leveraging Mobility study and the Federal Reserve Board’s Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households in 2013. In addition to exploring data related to economic well-being and the factors related to upward or downward mobility, the speakers will also discuss the policy implications of these findings and the role that public policy plays in promoting economic mobility.


  • David Buchholz, Division of Consumer & Community Affairs, Federal Reserve Board of Governors
  • Adam Carasso, U.S. Senate Finance Committee
  • Diana Elliott, Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Hannah Thomas, Brandeis University Institute on Assets and Social Policy
  • Ray Boshara, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis (Moderator)

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