Recent Publications

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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 highlights behavioral 'nudges' that can lessen education disparities in NYT Upshot column
January 20, 2015

Vast inequalities currently exist in the U.S. education system – there is little debate among experts on this issue. And while it's the ambitious system-level reform proposals that garner widespread attention, several seemingly simple solutions—small behavioral nudges—have been found to lessen disparities.

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Dynarski's FAFSA-on-a-postcard proposal gaining traction says LA Times
January 7, 2015

The "FAFSA-on-a-postcard legislation is gaining traction," writes LA Times reporter Carla Rivera in the January 6 article, "Move to simplify federal student aid application form gains traction."

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