Why Are More Schools Going After Families for Lunch Debt?
More than 75 percent of school districts reported school lunch debt in the previous school year, and 40 percent say their debt is growing.
Young Puerto Ricans Are Leaving the Island to Escape the Territory's Debt
In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, many college-aged Puerto Ricans are pursuing jobs elsewhere. Others are now deciding to stay.
How Rising Rates of Auto Debt Point to Increasing Economic Inequality
When more households fail to make payments on their vehicle, it shows too few people are sharing the benefits of an ostensibly healthy economy.
What Can Be Done Right Now to Fix the Legal System for Debt Collection
America’s out-of-date, unfair laws for collecting debts could be dramatically improved by these simple steps.
The Corrupt Economics Behind Greece's Fiscal Problems
It seems certain that the political economy textbooks of the future will include a chapter on the experience of Greece in 2015.
Income Inequality Inspires Interest in Luxury Items
A state-by-state analysis of Google searches find high-status goods are of more interest in places with a larger gap between rich and poor.
Investing in Human Capital, Literally
In what’s been criticized as a modern-day version of indentured servitude, a new batch of start-ups are giving investors the opportunity to turn people into profit by buying a piece of their future earnings. Could this be a solution to our student debt problem?
The Prophet: Meet Dave Ramsey, America's Personal Finance Guru
Meet Dave Ramsey, the most important personal finance guru in America. Millions of people follow his biblically inspired advice. It goes like this: 1. Purge yourself of debt; 2. Live on cash; 3. Pretend economic trends don't affect you; 4. Blame yourself when they do.
The Student Debt Explosion
We celebrate education as the answer to almost all of our economic problems. At the same time, we largely ignore the enormous debt many American students are forced to acquire and the great difficulties they face in landing a job that makes it possible for them to pay it off.
Could Parts of the Eurozone End Up Looking Like the Mississippi Delta?
Nearly a century ago, during the Great Migration, less-educated individuals were the ones who left home in search of better lives. The opposite is true today, with the educated more mobile than ever before, leaving some places in a spiral of decline.
Would Debt-Ceiling Circus Occur With Women in Charge?
Academics and advocates are asking if there were lots more women in the U.S. government whether the debt-ceiling debacle would have been allowed to develop.
Political Polarization Grows as Job Security Falls
The tenor of the partisan kerfuffle over the debt ceiling may have its roots in declining job security, which has been declining steadily since the 1970s, argues political scientist Philipp Rehm.
Unions Are — and Aren’t — Part of State Budget Problems
Wisconsin’s fiscal free-for-all over limiting collective bargaining raises hard-to-answer questions about public unions and state deficits. Answers vary by the measures chosen.