Macroeconomic Perspectives on Student Debt

Thursday May 1, 2014

This seminar explores the macroeconomic and social dynamics behind the current student debt regime, and potential ways to address them through financial and budgetary reform.

Overview

This seminar explores the macroeconomic and social dynamics behind the current student debt regime, and potential ways to address them through financial and budgetary reform. Questions to be address include:

Who relies most on student debt?

Why is student debt different from other kinds of debt?

What are the economic implications of financing higher education through a debt-based system?

What alternative models exist for financing higher education?

Participants

Speakers:

Stephanie Kelton

Professor of Economics
University of Missouri-Kansas City

Stephanie Kelton, Ph.D. is Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She served as Chief Economist on the U.S. Senate Budget Committee (minority staff) in 2015 and then became an Economic Advisor to the Bernie 2016 presidential campaign.

Debbie Cochrane

Research Director
The Institute for College Access and Success

Debbie Cochrane oversees The Institute for College Access and Success’s research and leads its California program. She is a leading expert on financial aid issues in California, and the primary author of several reports that shed light on the role of financial aid and affordability on college access and success at community colleges.

Moderator: 

Hannah Appel

Assistant Professor of Anthropology
University of California, Los Angeles

Hannah Appel is an an economic anthropologist interested in the daily life of capitalism, the private sector in Africa, and the re-emergent dialogue between economics and anthropology. Her research and teaching interests are guided by the economic imagination. How can we expand the field of possibilities around our economic lives and their intersection with the economic lives of others?

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