Publication Date

6-12-2020

Publisher

Social Policy Institute at Washington University in St. Louis

Summary

Lower income households are at risk for material hardship, particularly amidst the economic fallout of COVID-19. Where one lives (e.g. suburb, small town) may affect this risk due to variable access to resources, yet the evidence is mixed concerning the influence of place. We used a pooled, national cross-sectional sample of 66,046 lower-income tax filers to examine differences in material hardship in rural, small town, micropolitan, and urban areas. Controlling only for standard demographic variables, hardship risk appears higher in non-urban areas, yet these differences disappear after controlling for financial characteristics such as liquid assets and home ownership.

Document Type

Working Paper

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.7936/sm16-ap78

Project

Refund to Savings (R2S)

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