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The EARN-Health Trial of Financial Savings and Health
The current literature in social epidemiology and public health suggests that low financial savings has an unsurprising negative relationship with subjective well-being, and increases the odds of making visits to a healthcare provider, receiving a chronic disease diagnosis, and experiencing medical disability. Earn.org is a community-based non-profit based in San Francisco with a mission to help low-income workers build lifelong savings habits and financial capability. The organization is one of the largest providers of "goal-based savings accounts" or "matched savings accounts" in the US. The investigators propose to conduct a randomized controlled trial to determine the health effects of Earn's savings program. Through this trial, the investigators will test three principal hypotheses: (1) Participants in the Earn account, as compared to a control group, are hypothesized to demonstrate improved scores on mental health scales assessing depression and anxiety.
(2) Participants in the Earn account, as compared to a control group, are hypothesized to experience lower odds of harmful behaviors associated with stress, specifically tobacco and alcohol abuse. The investigators hypothesize that the effect on behaviors will be of smaller effect size, and more delayed, than the effect on mental health outcomes, judging from similar effects observed in the micro-credit literature.
(3) The mediating variables between Earn account participation and beneficial health outcomes will include increased optimism and internal locus of control.
Stanford is currently not accepting patients for this trial.
- Behavioral: Savings program
- English-speaking US residents
- ages 18 and older
- below 50% of the area median income
- have a regular Internet connection
- non-English speakers
- non-US residents
- history of or current enrollment in other incentivized savings programs
Ages Eligible for Study
18 Years - N/A
Genders Eligible for Study