About the Book
Financial Crisis in American Households presents a data-intensive exploration of American household finances. It argues that financial insecurity and under-savings are partly driven by American capitalism’s failure to ensure that regular people can afford quality basic essentials.
The book was published in 2017 by Praeger.
NOTE: Praeger has not released the book to the public domain. It has only granted me the right to distribute this copyrighted material in electronic format. If you wish to redistribute this book, link to the copies being distributed on this site.
Teaching a Course or Module on Household Finances?
Instructors! Click the links below for single chapter PDFs, chapter summaries, media for your slides, and R scripts to reproduce the analyses.
Chapter 1: Introduction. An overview to the book and the societal choices it suggests. Visit the chapter page. Download the introduction chapter PDF here.
Chapter 8: The Choice. A discussion of how Americans can respond to the pressures driving financial insecurity. Download the chapter PDF here.
In the Media
Helaine Olen (2016) “The United States of Debt” Podcast series from Slate
Peter Hogness (2014) “QC Sociologist: Where Our Money Goes” Clarion, November 26. Winner of New York Labor Communications Council: Best Editorial Column
Christopher R. Rugaber (2014) “Middle Class Squeeze: From Day Care to Health Care” Associated Press: Big Story. September 24.
Richard Salit and Alex Kuffner (2014) “Middle Class Squeeze: R.I. wages flatlining as workers struggle” Providence Journal. May 31.
Central Time (2014) “Middle Class Money Squeeze” Wisconsin Public Radio. May 12.
Carol Morello and Scott Clement (2014) “‘Happy Days’ no more: Middle-class families squeezed as expenses soar, wages fall” Washington Post, April 26.
Helaine Olen (2014) “Essay: Our Brains Aren’t to Blame for Our Financial Woes” Bloomberg. April 7.
Helaine Olen (2013) “Giving up coffee to balance the books: how many lattes to financial freedom?” The Guardian. August 13.