Family Economic Well-Being


  • The goal is to conduct research that makes a difference in people‚Äôs lives by producing evidence that has implications for educators, practitioners, and policy makers and relevance to individuals, families, and society.
  • To understand structural influences on family economic well-being.
  • Try to get a comprehensive understanding of how households change their savings and financial portfolio decisions in response to a certain government policy.

Research Projects

  • Maintaining an applied research program that creates new, relevant, practical knowledge identifying processes and factors that promote and/or detract from financial wellness as well as testing community-based interventions that can help promote behaviors and environments that enrich financial wellness.
  • Scholarly work spanning from micro-level household financial decision making to macro-level effects of public policies on family economic outcomes. A central focus is rural, low-income families and impacts of community-based programs addressing family and consumer economic issues.
  • Impacting government policies (health care, tax, and immigration) on household financial decisions.

Faculty Interests

Suzanne Bartholomae, financial literacy, financial education, financial wellness, financial capability, financial health, financial education program evaluation

Jonathan Fox, financial education, financial literacy, financial planning, consumer decision-making, program evaluation

Clinton Gudmunson, impact of economic pressure on families, financial counseling/teaching pedagogy, life course economic issues, parenting & family financial socialization, work-family and family-business issues

Daeyong Lee, affordable care act, healthcare, tax, and immigration reform

Related Laboratories, Programs, Centers

Financial Counseling Clinic

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Graduate Program:
DeAnn Barnes
2330E Palmer Building
2222 Osborn Drive
Ames, IA 50011-1084