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The SSRC Library allows visitors to access materials related to self-sufficiency programs, practice and research. Visitors can view common search terms, conduct a keyword search or create a custom search using any combination of the filters at the left side of this page. To conduct a keyword search, type a term or combination of terms into the search box below, select whether you want to search the exact phrase or the words in any order, and click on the blue button to the right of the search box to view relevant results.

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  • Individual Author: Klein, Joyce; Gomez, Luz; Edgcomb, Elaine
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2014

    In early 2014, FIELD released the first findings from the ABC pilot. The publication examines the experiences of the five participating sites during the year-long pilot period. Drawing from their experiences, the paper provides insights for organizations, coaches and financial institutions about the ideal customer profile, card approval rates, the demographic and credit profiles of cardholders at the time of application and preliminary findings on credit score outcomes. (Author abstract)

    In early 2014, FIELD released the first findings from the ABC pilot. The publication examines the experiences of the five participating sites during the year-long pilot period. Drawing from their experiences, the paper provides insights for organizations, coaches and financial institutions about the ideal customer profile, card approval rates, the demographic and credit profiles of cardholders at the time of application and preliminary findings on credit score outcomes. (Author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Grinstein-Weiss, Michal; Charles, Pajarita; Curley, Jami
    Reference Type: Journal Article
    Year: 2007

    This study examines the unique experiences of low-income rural participants in an asset building program-the Individual Development Account. Using data from the American Dream Demonstration, this study addresses three main questions: (1) What are the individual characteristics associated with saving outcomes among rural IDA participants? (2) What are the program characteristics associated with savings among rural participants? and (3) What are the policy implications for supporting asset building in rural areas? To answer these questions, we conduct an Ordinary Least Squares regression analysis. The results suggest that low-income rural participants have the ability and willingness to save toward the accumulation of assets in IDAs. Looking at individual characteristics, home ownership appears to be an important predictor of savings. In addition, this study suggests that program characteristics (financial education, peer group meetings, match rate, direct deposit, and monthly saving target), not merely individual characteristics, are important in explaining saving performance for...

    This study examines the unique experiences of low-income rural participants in an asset building program-the Individual Development Account. Using data from the American Dream Demonstration, this study addresses three main questions: (1) What are the individual characteristics associated with saving outcomes among rural IDA participants? (2) What are the program characteristics associated with savings among rural participants? and (3) What are the policy implications for supporting asset building in rural areas? To answer these questions, we conduct an Ordinary Least Squares regression analysis. The results suggest that low-income rural participants have the ability and willingness to save toward the accumulation of assets in IDAs. Looking at individual characteristics, home ownership appears to be an important predictor of savings. In addition, this study suggests that program characteristics (financial education, peer group meetings, match rate, direct deposit, and monthly saving target), not merely individual characteristics, are important in explaining saving performance for this group. (Author abstract)