Asset Building Financial Inclusion Working Paper

Federal Policy and Asset Building

High levels of wealth inequality, combined with insufficient policymaker attention to the asset base of the poor, warrant discussion of emerging public policies to build assets for the poor. This paper summarizes current federal asset-building policies; offers principles and guidelines for designing and advancing more ambitious policies to build assets; and proposes nine specific policy options to build assets inclusively.

Projects: American Dream Policy Demonstration (ADD); College Success


Boshara, R. (2003). Federal policy and asset building (CSD Working Paper No. 03-03). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development.