‘Underwater’ mortgages sap earnings and mobility

New big-data research connects "underwater" mortgages from the 2007-08 recession with people's stagnant earnings and inability to move.

Chuck Finder-WUSTL • futurity
Sept. 1, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: economics jobs money united-states housing society-and-culture debt

Medical debt can keep people homeless longer

Medical debt can prolong stretches of homelessness, according to a new study in King County, Washington.

Kim Eckart-Washington • futurity
July 1, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: health-care-costs insurance money homelessness society-and-culture health-and-medicine debt

Advanced degrees bring higher starting salaries – but also higher debt

A new survey shows that people with advanced degrees make more money starting out on the same jobs as those with just bachelor's degrees. But there's more to the story, two sociologists note.

Eric Grodsky, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison • conversation
March 20, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  inequality  graduate-school  student-loans  us-higher-education  graduate-salaries  student-loan-debt  higher-ed-attainment

‘Coerced debt’ follows survivors of domestic abuse

"...coerced debt can destroy a survivor's chances to start over." Here's what this aspect of an abusive relationship looks like.

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State • futurity
Sept. 12, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: money abuse society-and-culture debt

Credit counseling really can ease your debt

A year-and-a-half after receiving credit counseling, participants in a new study reduced revolving debt an average of $3,637.

Neil Schoenherr-WUSTL • futurity
July 14, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: money consumers society-and-culture debt

Legal debt may prolong homelessness

New research indicates legal debt keeps people homeless longer. "The human cost of this is devastating and there is an economic cost as well."

Ashlie Chandler-Washington • futurity
July 5, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: money homelessness society-and-culture courts debt

1 simple change could cut student loan default rate

A high number of people who borrow money for college end up defaulting on their loans, but a simple solution could help.

Jennifer Rainey Marquez-Georgia State • futurity
May 1, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: higher-education money student-loans featured society-and-culture college-students debt

Same-sex couples 73% more likely to get mortgage denial

Same-sex mortgage applicants were 73 percent more likely to get a denial than heterosexual couples, researchers report.

Angie Hunt-Iowa State • futurity
April 18, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: bias discrimination money housing society-and-culture lgbtq debt

To cut anxiety, aim for fewer debt accounts

Streamlining debt can lift a mental burden, new research shows.

National University of Singapore • futurity
April 1, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: poverty anxiety money society-and-culture decisions debt

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