Changes in U.S. family finances from 2007 to 2010: evidence from the Survey of Consumer Finances
Abstract: The Federal Reserve Board's Survey of Consumer Finances for 2010 provides insights into changes in family income and net worth since the 2007 survey. The survey shows that, over the 2007?10 period, the median value of real (inflation-adjusted) family income before taxes fell 7.7 percent, while mean income fell more sharply, an 11.1 percent decline. Both median and mean net worth decreased even more dramatically than income over this period, though the relative movements in the median and the mean are reversed; the median fell 38.8 percent, and the mean fell 14.7 percent. This article reviews these and other changes in the financial condition of U.S. families, including developments in assets, liabilities, and debt payments.
Keywords: Consumer finance;
File(s): File format is application/pdf http://www.federalreserve.gov/pubs/bulletin/2012/PDF/scf12.pdf
Part of Series: Federal Reserve Bulletin
Publication Date: 2012