Recent Publications


New Paper on Student Loans

Susan Dynarski has just published a new Brookings Economic Studies paper entilted "An Economists's Perspective on Student Loans in the United States." This paper examines the state of the student loans market, the concept of a student debt crisis, cost/benefits of interest subsidies and related policy alternatives, and identifies data gaps that must be addressed in order to craft improved student-loan policies.

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New Resource for Researchers

Contemplating use of National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) data? This working paper by Susan Dynarski, Steven Hemelt and Joshua Hyman explores the promises and pitfalls of using NSC data to measure a variety of postsecondary outcomes, and provides tips and examples for researchers.


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Dynarski on how to boost graduation rates at community colleges
March 12, 2015

In this year’s State of the Union address, President Obama put forth a plan to make a student’s first two years of community college free. But is that plan viable?

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Jacob testifies in Atlanta Public Schools cheating trial, cites figure '288 septillion'
February 10, 2015

Brian Jacob was called to testify last week as a witness for the prosecution in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating trial, in which prosecutors allege a dozen educators engaged in a "widespread, cleverly disguised” conspiracy to improve their students' test scores by changing answers.

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