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Financial Capability And Economic Security Among Low-income Older Asian Immigrants%3A Qualitative Study

Asian Americans are the fastest growing population in the United States among older adult population. However, policy makers have paid little attention to this population probably because of the image of Asian Americans: they are perceived as economically successful and socially problem-free. A small but growing number of empirical studies, however, show that at least certain groups of Asian American elders are economically vulnerable.
This study aims attaining in-depth understanding of economic security and financial capability among older Asian immigrant elders using in-depth interviews (qualitative research method). This study will identify the facilitators and obstacles of financial capabilities (financial integration) among Asian American elders using information collected from in-depth interviews with participants of subsidized employment programs for low-income elders. This study will pay attention to individuals’ personal experiences with financial institutions throughout their immigration history to learn how these experiences affect their financial integration (financial knowledge, financial management, financial access) and financial success (asset ownership, preparedness for retirement).

Research Project Information

Disciplines: social work; social science in general, sociology, anthropology
Student Skill-Set Needed: ability to read and write Chinese, self-motivation, ability to manage time effciently
Compensation: Salary / Stipend, Volunteer, Work Study
Available: Fall, Spring, Summer


For further information on this opportunity, or to apply, contact:

Faculty Member: Yunju Nam
Title: Associate Professor
Department: Social Work
Office: 685 Baldy Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260-1050
Phone: 7166451255