Macroeconomic Perspectives on Student Debt

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. 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?


Stephanie Kelton
Professor of Economics
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Debbie Cochrane
Research Director
The Institute for College Access and Success
Hannah Appel
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
University of California, Los Angeles