Financial Insecurity, Student Debt, and the Pandemic

Episode Summary:

Today we dive deep into Section 3 of The Pandemic Divide: COVID-19 and Financial Disparities, with guests Fenaba Addo and Chris Wheat, and hosted by Dr. William “Sandy” Darity.

Topics Discussed in this Episode:

  • Student loan debt and the 2020 election
  • The racial disparities of student loan debt
  • How Black-owned businesses were affected by the Pandemic
  • The overall racial wealth gap since the Pandemic
  • The uneven distribution of PPP funds
  • The role of venture capital in Black-owned businesses

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Episode transcript:

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Fenaba Addo is the co-author of Chapter 5 of the Pandemic Divide: Housing, Student Debt, and Labor Market Inequality: COVID-19, Black Families/Households, and Financial Insecurity. She is an Associate Professor of Public Policy at the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill. Her research program examines the causes and consequences of debt and wealth inequality with a focus on higher education and family and relationships.

CHRIS WHEAT is a managing director and the co-president of the JPMorgan Chase Institute. He worked as an assistant professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management and at the Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development at Rutgers Business School. He has a master’s degree in sociology and a PhD in organizational behavior, both from Harvard University, as well as a master’s degree in computer science from Stanford University.