Our research has an impact on the financial and consumer well-being of individuals and households. Interdisciplinary research opportunities address financial, housing, and consumer questions that directly affect family economic well-being.

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Research Topics

Consumer Economics

Consumer Economics

We study a variety of topics that affect the economic well-being of consumers and families.

  • Economic and material hardship
  • Food security
  • Health
  • Low-income consumers
  • Online consumer behavior
  • Poverty
  • Research methods
  • Unbanked consumers

Financial Planning

Financial Planning

We study applied financial topics that are relevant to practitioners, researchers, and policy makers.

  • Financial attitudes and behaviors
  • Financial literacy
  • Financial planning
  • Financial risk tolerance
  • Financial therapy
  • Savings behavior
  • Scholarship of teaching and learning



We study issues from housing pathways of low-income families to community development.

  • Affordable housing
  • Homeownership
  • Housing insecurity
  • Mortgages
  • Rental housing
  • Residential mobility
  • Urban land use and development

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