Advancing America's Economic Competitiveness: The Role of Student Loans

November 17, 2005

The Project on Student Debt cohosted a forum with the American Enterprise Institute in November of 2005. See the agenda and papers presented at this event.

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