Devaney, 1993

DeVaney, S. (1993).  Change in household financial ratios

between 1983 and 1986: Were American households improving their financial

status? Financial Counseling and Planning4, 31-46.

Change in Household Financial Ratios Between 1983 and


Were American Households Improving Their Financial Status?

 Sharon DeVaney1

This study examines changes in family financial status from 1982

to 1985, using data collected in 1983 and 1986 by the Survey of Consumer

Finance. Financial ratios are used as indicators of progress to answer

the question of whether households improved their financial status during

the three year period.

Key Words: Financial ratios, Survey of Consumer Finance

1. Sharon A. DeVaney, Assistant Professor, Consumer Sciences and Retailing, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907-1262. Phone: 765-494-8300,
Fax: 765-494-0869. E-mail: