Student loans: vehicle of opportunity or trojan horse?

Project Summary:

How does the dramatic increase of student loan debt affect how college graduates search for jobs in the labor market? Do the effects of student debt on job search differ across the distribution of family income? This project addresses these important questions, with immediate implications for contemporary policy conversations about student debt reform, as well as the broader fate of Millennials in the labor market.


Stephanie Chapman is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Economics at Northwestern University. Her fields of specialization include labor, macro labor, education, and development. Chapman received her master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Georgia.