Checking Bias and Listening to Financially Vulnerable Americans


March 30, 2020 2:45 pm - 3:15 pm

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Yasmine Khan

Financially vulnerable Americans rarely get to tell their own stories. Often when decision makers, even the best-intentioned, talk about Americans who are financially stressed, stereotypes riddled with paternalistic judgements frame the conversation. Some researchers are even reluctant to visit people in what they deem “rough neighborhoods”. In the absence of real people telling their own stories, biased judgements take root.

Yasmine will speak about best practices for conducting fruitful unbiased studies with people who are financially vulnerable. She’ll also share key insights gained over 4 years that debunk stereotypes about financially vulnerable Americans and the myth of “pulling yourself up by your bootstraps”.