A major hypothesis of asset-building is that early access to savings accounts leads to continued and improved educational and economic outcomes over time. This study asks whether or not young adults (ages 18 to 22), particularly lower-income young adults, are significantly more likely to own savings accounts and to accumulate more savings when they have access to savings accounts at banking institutions as adolescents (ages 13 to 17). We investigate this question using longitudinal data (low-to-moderate income sample [LMI; N = 530]; low-income sample [LI; N = 354]) from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics and its supplements. Results from propensity score weighting and bivariate probit estimates support this hypothesis. Asset-building policies that extend early access to savings accounts may improve savings outcomes for young people from lower-income households.
Friedline, T., Elliott, W., III, & Chowa, G. (2012). Testing an asset-building approach for young people: Early access to savings predicts later savings (CSD Working Paper No. 12-12). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development.
asset effects, assets, Assets and Education Symposium, economic socialization, youth savings, youth, secondary data, saving, PSID
Friedline, Terri, "Testing an Asset-Building Approach for Young People: Early Access to Savings Predicts Later Savings" (2012). Center for Social Development Research. 393.