The Effects of Holding Assets on Social and Economic Outcomes of Families: A Review of Theory and Evidence
The Urban Institute, November 2008
39 Pages Posted: 24 Jan 2013
Date Written: November 1, 2008
This report examines the effects of asset-holding and asset accumulation on individuals and families from theoretical and empirical perspectives. The report pays special attention to the way assets affect low-income families, while recognizing that research on this topic is limited. The goal of the report is to distill the main findings from the vast theoretical and empirical literature on how assets influence economic and social well-being. The first step is to present a conceptual framework based largely on our classification of existing literature in economics, psychology, and sociology. The second step is to bring together the empirical findings relevant to the categories specified in the conceptual framework. The report concludes with suggestions for future research, especially related to the role of assets in the lives of low-income families.
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