The first study finds that racial/ethnic discrimination commonly experienced by Korean immigrants negatively impacts their financial access. Although this discrimination has no statistically significant impact on their ability to access banking services, it discourages them from applying for credit, which is critical to long-term financial security, and consequently increases their risk of experiencing self-reported material hardship.
The second study reports a negative impact of being unbanked on income-generating financial assets among lawful permanent residents in the United States, with self-selection issues addressed. It highlights the importance of expanding financial access for immigrants, especially for racial/ethnic minorities and those who hold lower socioeconomic status.
The first two studies illuminate financial security through the lens of material resources and financial assets with a focus on immigrant populations. In addition to implications for policies and practices, they also call for research to better conceptualize financial precarity to study financial security issues among different populations.
As an innovative step, the third study takes a holistic approach to measuring financial precarity, which encapsulates both material hardship and psychological distress. This measure sheds light on individuals' financial insecurity through both objective and subjective dimensions and could help policymakers and practitioners better understand the experiences of those struggling with financial difficulties.
Today, social workers promote household financial security by helping clients build financial knowledge, advocating for financial opportunities, and assisting them to improve their financial health. This symposium disseminates research findings on important financial security issues among low-income and marginalized populations. This effort to reduce financial precarity among immigrants and build better measures falls in line with the goals of Building Financial Capability and Assets for All Grand Challenge. Findings from this symposium could be beneficial to researchers, policymakers, and practitioners to address the issue of long-term household financial security among different populations to reduce financial precariousness and improve financial wellbeing.