Nothing Left to Lose? Changes Experienced by Detroit Low- and Moderate-Income Households During the Great Recession
Washington Center for Equitable Growth Working Paper
55 Pages Posted: 11 Sep 2016
Date Written: September 8, 2016
The Financial Crisis and ensuing Great Recession caused enormous hardship for households. Using original datasets, we examine the effects of the recession on a population many might think had nothing left to lose: low- and moderate-income households in the Detroit metropolitan area. We find that the Great Recession in fact imposed significant costs on these households, reducing employment and assets and increasing hardships in a wide variety of ways. Our findings suggest the need for more robust safety net policies and financial services that can help cushion the blows from sharp reductions in incomes and assets.
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