Family economic well-being

Objectives and goals

  • The goal is to conduct research that makes a difference in people’s lives by producing evidence that has implications for educators, practitioners, and policy makers and relevance to individuals, families, and society.
  • To understand structural influences on family economic well-being.
  • Try to get a comprehensive understanding of how households change their savings and financial portfolio decisions in response to a certain government policy.

Area faculty interests

Suzanne Bartholomae, financial literacy, financial education, financial wellness, financial capability, financial health, financial education program evaluation

Cynthia Fletcher, family economic well-being, rural poverty, and family and consumer policy

Jonathan Fox, financial education, financial literacy, financial planning, consumer decision-making, program evaluation

Clinton Gudmunson, impact of economic pressure on families, financial counseling/teaching pedagogy, life course economic issues, parenting & family financial socialization, work-family and family-business issues

Daeyong Lee, affordable care act, healthcare, tax, and immigration reform

Related laboratories, programs, centers

Research opportunities

  • Maintaining an applied research program that creates new, relevant, practical knowledge identifying processes and factors that promote and/or detract from financial wellness as well as testing community-based interventions that can help promote behaviors and environments that enrich financial wellness.
  • Scholarly work spans from micro-level household financial decision making to macro-level effects of public policies on family economic outcomes. A central focus is rural, low-income families and impacts of community-based programs addressing family and consumer economic issues.
  • Impact of government policies (health care, tax, and immigration) on household financial decisions.