Paul L. Caron

Monday, July 28, 2014

Median Household Net Worth Has Fallen 36% Since 2003

New York Times:  The Typical Household, Now Worth a Third Less:

Economic inequality in the United States has been receiving a lot of attention. But it’s not merely an issue of the rich getting richer. The typical American household has been getting poorer, too.

The inflation-adjusted net worth for the typical household was $87,992 in 2003. Ten years later, it was only $56,335, or a 36 percent decline, according to a study financed by the Russell Sage Foundation. Those are the figures for a household at the median point in the wealth distribution — the level at which there are an equal number of households whose worth is higher and lower. But during the same period, the net worth of wealthy households increased substantially.

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Without even reading the study (apologies), I can confidently surmise that the failure of residential housing values to fully recover since 2007-08, unlike equity securities markets, is the culprit here, perhaps compounded by the trend of less sophisticated investors removing themselves from the equity markets in 2008-09 and never returning.

Posted by: Mike Petrik | Jul 28, 2014 1:14:53 PM