Barriers and facilitators of savings among low income youth

Scanlon, Edward
Wheeler-Brooks, Jennifer
Children's Savings Account
Publication type: 
Journal Article

Asset-based social welfare programs focus on helping low- to moderate-income citizens to accumulate wealth in the form of homeownership, savings, small businesses, and higher education. Individual development accounts, savings accounts in which account holders’ deposits are matched, are a vehicle often used in these programs. In a national demonstration of individual development accounts for children (children's savings accounts), low-income youth were interviewed to learn what helped them to save and what made it difficult to save. We describe the young people's perceptions of these factors, and conclude with implications for policy and program design.


Wheeler Brooks, J., & Scanlon, E. (2009). Barriers and facilitators of savings among low income youth. Journal of Socio-Economics, 38, 757-763. 

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