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Author:Hannon, Simona 

Journal Article
Saving for College and Section 529 Plans
The past decade has simultaneously witnessed a substantial increase in enrollment at post-secondary institutions and a marked increase in college tuition. Not surprisingly, this trend overlapped with an increased demand for student loans and tax-advantaged educational savings.
AUTHORS: Hannon, Simona; Moore, Kevin B.; Schmeiser, Maximilian D.; Stefanescu, Irina
DATE: 2016-02-03

Journal Article
A Few Thoughts on the Recent Deceleration of Student Loan Debt
While the amount of student loan debt outstanding has continued to rise in recent quarters, its rate of growth has slowed recently.
AUTHORS: Hannon, Simona; Mezza, Alvaro A.
DATE: 2014-02-19

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The Credit Card Act and Consumer Finance Company Lending
The Credit Card Accountability and Disclosure Act (CARD Act) of 2009 restricted several risk management practices of credit card issuers. Using a quasi-experimental design with credit bureau data on consumer lending, we find evidence consistent with the hypothesis that the act??s restrictions on risk management practices contributed to a large decline in bank card holding by higher risk, nonprime consumers but had little effect on prime consumers. Looking at consumer finance loans, historically a source of credit for higher risk consumers, we find greater reliance on such loans by nonprime consumers in states with high consumer finance rate ceilings following the CARD Act than by nonprime consumers in states with low rate ceilings or by prime consumers. That nonprime consumers in states with high consumer finance rate ceilings relied more heavily on consumer finance loans suggests that consumer finance loans were a substitute for subprime credit cards for risky consum ers when rate ceilings permit such loans to be profitable. Consumer finance loans would not be available to many higher risk, nonprime consumers in low rate states because such loans would be unprofitable, and prime consumers would not need consumer finance loans because other, less expensive types of credit would generally be available to them.
AUTHORS: Elliehausen, Gregory E.; Hannon, Simona
DATE: 2017-06-29


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