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Nicholas Klein 

 Assistant Professor

Architecture, Art, and Planning Cornell University


Car Donation Programs Affect Travel, Income, and Healthcare Access Among Poor Families.


This research examines precarious car ownership among low-income households. Previous research has painted a partial picture of these transitions which have a large effect on households’ wellbeing. We know that low-income households’ grasp on car ownership is tenuous. These households experience more transitions into and out of car ownership compared with more affluent households. We also know that having or gaining a car is associated with upward economic and social mobility. Yet, we know little about how low-income households acquire cars or the consequences for these households when they lose or give up a car. This research examines these two aspects of car ownership transitions. 



Dr. Klein's research examines how access to transportation enables economic and social mobility. 

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