Journal of Family and Economic Issues

, Volume 35, Issue 3, pp 390–410 | Cite as

Households’ Net Worth Accumulation Patterns and Young Adults’ Financial Health: Ripple Effects of the Great Recession?

  • Terri FriedlineEmail author
  • Ilsung Nam
  • Vernon Loke
Original Paper


We examined households’ dynamic patterns of net worth accumulation between 1999 and 2009 and asked whether these patterns related to the financial health of young adults growing up in those households. Two patterns of net worth emerged—the first remained high and stable and the second experienced a precipitous decline between 2007 and 2009. Young adults who grew up in households with high and stable net worth also experienced the greatest benefit in financial health. Given wealth losses in the wake of the Great Recession and the ripple effects those losses may have had—and may continue to have—on households and their children, policies that stimulate wealth accumulation may be feasible and timely strategies for improving financial health.


Children Young adults Savings Net worth Recession Panel study of income dynamics 



The Panel Study of Income Dynamics is a public use dataset produced and distributed by the Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. The collection of data used in this study was partly supported by the National Institutes of Health under grant number R01 HD069609 and the National Science Foundation under award number 1157698.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social WelfareUniversity of KansasLawrenceUSA
  2. 2.Reformed Theological SeminaryKangbuk-ku, SeoulSouth Korea
  3. 3.School of Social WorkEastern Washington UniversityCheneyUSA

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