Publication Date

Summer 7-22-2020


Social Policy Institute at Washington University in St. Louis


U.S. households hold increasingly more debt, with almost 80% of adults holding debt of some form.1 While ownership of debt is widespread, debt burdens can be particularly challenging for low-income households; debt-to-income ratios can be three times higher for these households compared to those with high-incomes.2 Debt reduction has thus become an aim of initiatives to help lower-income Americans increase their financial well-being. This brief examines two different mechanisms for delivering debt management advice and describes the success of each method in helping individuals reduce their debt.

Document Type

Research Brief

Original Citation

Fox-Dichter, S., Ryan, M., Kondratjeva, O., & Roll, S. (2020). Strategies for debt reduction: Comparing financial tips and financial counseling (SPI Research Brief No. 20-03). Social Policy Institute at Washington University in St. Louis.




Workforce Financial Stability Initiative (WFSI)