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Parental Support, Savings and Student Loan Repayment

Lance Lochner (), Todd Stinebrickner () and Utku Suleymanoglu

No 24863, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: Using unique survey and administrative data from the Canada Student Loans Program, we document that parental support and personal savings substantially lower student loan repayment problems. We develop a theoretical model for studying student borrowing and repayment in the presence of risky labor market outcomes, moral hazard, and costly earnings verification. This framework demonstrates that non-monetary costs of applying for income-based repayment assistance are critical to understanding why resources other than earnings lead to greater repayment. We further show that eliminating these non-monetary costs may be inefficient and lead to undesirable redistribution. Empirically, we demonstrate that expanding Canada’s income-based Repayment Assistance Plan to automatically cover all borrowers would likely reduce program revenue by nearly one-half over early years of repayment. Finally, we show how student loan programs can be more efficiently designed to address heterogeneity in parental transfers in the presence of non-monetary earnings verification costs and moral hazard.

JEL-codes: D14 D82 H21 H52 I22 I24 I28 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2018-07
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