Caitlin Zaloom

New York University

Zaloom will write a book that summarizes the key findings from a five-year research project on the intimate financial lives of American families. Her research will explore how debt, credit, and investment shape Americans’ pursuit of security, prosperity, and stability. She will also examine how families discuss the risks and trade-offs involved in using financial tools to pursue better education, housing, and retirement.


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