The Financial Diaries: How American Families Cope in a World of Uncertainty

While much of the income and wealth inequality conversation focuses on what’s happening at the top, The Financial Diaries provides an unparalleled view of what life is like in the bottom half.

We see families that are struggling with financial instability and insecurity, but who are also working hard and devising smart and creative ways to cope. By following their dilemmas and responses, we can identify the forces that are out of their control and design new ways to support them.
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“This is a must-read for anyone interested in causes of—and potential solutions to—American poverty.”

Publisher’s Weekly, starred review

“The Financial Diaries succeeds in that rarest of goals: making you think and care at the same time. This is an invaluable look at the profound economic uncertainties of our era.”

—Jacob S. Hacker, author of The Great Risk Shift

The U.S. Financial Diaries (USFD) is a joint initiative of NYU Wagner’s Financial Access Initiative (FAI) and The Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI). Leadership support for USFD is provided by the Ford Foundation and the Citi Foundation, with additional support and guidance from the Omidyar Network.

Sponsorship of digital and event support for USFD is provided by Citi Foundation.

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The Financial Diaries: How American Families Cope in a World of Uncertainty

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