Project on Student Debt: Voices Story Advancing America's Economic Competitiveness: The Role of Student Loans
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Advancing America's Economic Competitiveness: The Role of Student Loans

November 16, 2005 10:00 am - 03:30pm
Wohlstetter Conference Center, Twelfth Floor, AEI 1150 Seventeenth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036

Cosponsored by the American Enterprise Institute and the Project on Student Debt.


9:45 a.m. Registration
10:00 Welcome: Kevin A. Hassett, AEI
10:15 Panel I: Investing in Human Capital—Are College Students Borrowing too Much, or Not Enough?
Presenters: Sandy Baum, The College Board
Alicia C. Dowd, New England Resource Center for Higher Education
Respondents: Tamara Draut, Demos
Allan Carlson, Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society
Moderator: Robert Shireman, Project on Student Debt
Materials: Manageable Student Debt: Developing Benchmarks (Powerpoint presentation by Sandy Baum and Saul Schwarz)
How Much Debt is Too Much? Developing Benchmarks for Manageable Student Debt (Report by Sandy Baum and Saul Schwarz)
The Effects of Loans on College Enrollment Decisions (Alicia Dowd)
Income and Financial Aid Effects on Persistence and Degree Attainment in Public Colleges (Alicia Dowd)
"Anti-Dowry?": The Effects of Student Loan Debt on Marriage and Child-Bearing (Report by Allan Carlson)
Putting Student Loan Debt in Context: The Economic Landscape Facing Today's Young Adults (Powerpoint presentation, Tamara Draut)
11:45 Luncheon
12:10 p.m. Panel II: Can the Federal Investment in Student Loans Accomplish More?
Discussants: Douglas J. Elliott, Center on Federal Financial Institutions
Sarah Ducich, Sallie Mae
Robert Shireman, The Institute for College Access and Success
Moderator: Kevin A. Hassett, AEI
Materials: Budget Cost of Student Loans (Powerpoint presentation, Douglas J. Elliott)
Student Loans: A Budget Primer (Report, COFFI)
Student Loans: Modeling Federal Costs (Report, COFFI)
1:30 Break
1:45 Panel III: Are There Solutions to Be Found on the Tax Side of the Ledger?
Presenters: Thomas J. Kane, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Susan Dynarski, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Respondent: Tom Wolanin, Institute for Higher Education Policy
Moderator: Frederick M. Hess, AEI
Materials: Tax Incentives for Education (Powerpoint presentation, Susan Dynarski)
An Income Contingent Student Loan Tax Credit (Thomas Kane)
Forward-Looking Means-Testing with a Student Loan Tax Credit (Powerpoint presentation, Thomas Kane)
3:15 Closing Remarks
3:30 Adjournment

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