Asset Building Briefs & Summaries Financial Inclusion

State-Level Asset-Building Coalitions: Origins, Operations, and Achievements

Asset-building policies in the United States have existed for well over a century, but scholarship conducted during the last 20 years (e.g. Sherraden, 1991) has demonstrated that people in low- to moderate-income tiers essentially do not benefit from these policies. Asset-building coalitions play an important role in promoting more inclusive asset-building policy at the state level. The recent proliferation of these coalitions with increasingly broad agendas indicates a strong interest in asset-building policy that benefits everyone.

Project: State Assets Policy Project


Warren, N., & Gunn, G. (2009, June). State-level asset-building coalitions: Origins, operations, and achievements (CSD Policy Brief No. 09-22). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development.