The seminar tomorrow Friday June 7, 2019, with Marco Di Maggio, Harvard Business School, has been cancelled.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
The Department of Finance and FRIC, Center for Financial Frictions, are proud to announce the upcoming seminar with Marco Di Maggio, Harvard Business School.
Marco Di Maggio will present:
Second Chance: Life without Student Debt
Rising student debt is considered one of the creeping threats of our time. This paper examines the eﬀect of student debt relief on individual credit and labor market outcomes. We exploit the plausibly-random debt discharge due to the inability of National Collegiate, the largest owner of private student loan debt, to prove chain of title for thousands of loans across the US. Using hand-collected lawsuits ﬁlings matched with individual credit bureau information, we ﬁnd that borrowers experiencing the debt relief shock reduce their indebtedness by 26%, by both reducing their demand for credit and limiting the use of existing credit accounts, and are 12% less likely to default on other accounts. After the discharge, the borrowers’ geographical mobility increases, as well as, their probability to change jobs and ultimately their income increases by more than $4000 over a three year period, which is equivalent to about two months’ average salary. These ﬁndings speak to the beneﬁts of intervening in the student loan market to reduce the consequences of debt overhang problems by forgiving student debts.
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