Faculty Spotlight

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Social welfare policy is like establishing economic rights as a basic human right. Low income populations have a right for economic security and economic development, and thus it is important not only to provide them with something to get by, but also something to build upon so that they may become economically secure and improve their living situation.

My focus is on economic security and asset building among elderly immigrants. I think that the anti-poverty policy or low income policy, especially the asset building policy, is very important to understand because immigrants, particularly elderly immigrants, are in a different position than many others in respect to economy. They’re people who come to the country at a later stage in their life and need access to financial education and planning: they need to build their social security eligibility, and they need to learn long term solutions for their economic security.