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A Radical Proposal: Cancel Student Loan Debt To Grow The Economy

If you’ve been following the personal finance news recently, you’ll know that Student Debt levels are at all time highs.


New research has come out from the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College showing that large scale forgiveness of Federal Student Loan Debt would improve the economy to the tune of 1.1 to 1.5 Billion dollars. The economists found that cancelling the student debt of young people would have a ripple effect throughout the entire economy – resulting in about $861 to $1,083 billion in growth over 10 years. Debt relief would also add 1.18 to 1.55 million new jobs over the same time period. The Levy Institute’s report striking showed that cancelling student loans would cost about half as much as the recent Federal Tax cut bill in its impact on US budget deficits.

Check out the write up from mic.com.

Less than a week after President Donald Trump gave his State of the Union address touting the strength of the American economy under his presidency, the stock market saw one of its worst trading days in recent history, with stocks falling by about 1,175 points.

With the markets in turmoil and the fate of the U.S. economy under Trump looking more uncertain than ever, a new report has given lawmakers an easy guide on how to alleviate the economic pressure on 44 million Americans, while also lowering unemployment and growing the economy with one painfully simple policy. The answer: cancel all student debt.

A report from a group of economists at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College finds that there would be huge benefits if the federal government were to forgive all existing student debt. This would ripple out from young people struggling to pay off massive college loans to the economy as a whole, according to the report.

“The idea of canceling student debt is not just some crazy idea out of left field, but is actually something that could be done, and done in a way that has a moderately positive economic impact,” Marshall Steinbaum, a fellow and research director at the Roosevelt Institute and a coauthor of the report said in an interview.

“The way this and similar polices are often discussed is in a mode of ‘well can we really afford this?’ and the answer is definitely yes,” he added.

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Here is a link to the original research from the Levy Institute.

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