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Nothing Left to Lose? Changes Experienced by Detroit Low- and Moderate-Income Households During the Great Recession

55 Pages Posted: 11 Sep 2016  

Michael S. Barr

University of Michigan Law School

Daniel Schaffa

University of Richmond School of Law

Date Written: September 8, 2016

Abstract

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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Barr, Michael S. and Schaffa, Daniel, Nothing Left to Lose? Changes Experienced by Detroit Low- and Moderate-Income Households During the Great Recession (September 8, 2016). U of Michigan Law & Econ Research Paper No. 16-019; Washington Center for Equitable Growth Working Paper; U of Michigan Law & Econ Research Paper No. 16-019; U of Michigan Public Law Research Paper No. 518. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2836589 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2836589

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Daniel Schaffa

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