I'm writing a research paper on the effect of a predictable income change on household consumption, labor supply, etc.
At its core, I ask if households are improvident or simply "doing their best given the circumstances". I.e. if households in fact do anticipate the change but are unable to do anything about it.
Hence, here lies my question. What do I call someone/a household which is simply doing its best given the unfavorable situation they are in?
Extra: If it sounds nice in combination with improvident, I can also use it for the title of the paper. For instance, "Improvident or [Incapable]: The Consumption Response to Predictable Changes in Income".
Thank you in advance!