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The goal of the Department of Economics is to build a learning community that supports the intellectual development and professional aspirations of both students and faculty. Our undergraduate and graduate programs offer courses that cover an unusually wide range of economic thought, including neo-classical economics, Keynesian economics, institutional economics, Marxian economics and feminist economics.
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February 18

Mark your calendars: Professor Anita Alves Pena is hosting an information session on the Rocky Mountain Research Data Center this Thursday, February 21st, from 10:00-11:00am in LSC 386. If you may be interested in using non-public, restricted-use federal datasets and would like to learn more or ask questions, please attend! Questions can be directed to Professor Alves Pena via email: Anita.Pena@ColoState.EDU More info on the RDC and data products available is here: https://www.colorado.edu/rocky-mountain-research-data-center/

February 17

Our Brown Bag Seminar series for the Spring semester continues Monday, February 18th. These seminars offer current ECON graduate students the opportunity to present ongoing research or to workshop new ideas. The seminars are held on Mondays from 12:00-1:00pm in Clark C307 and are open to everyone. February 18’s presenter is ECON PhD. graduate student Melanie Wentzel-Long. The title of her presentation is: “Personal Indebtedness, Social Inequality: The Gendered and Racialized Effects of the 2008 Financial Crisis on Household Debt.” Abstract: A growing body of work has examined how the 2008 Financial Crisis impacted the distribution of household wealth. These findings have revealed stark and worsening inequalities by race and class. Yet net worth is a unidimensional metric that does not distinguish between changes on each side of household balance sheets and the different mechanisms that they imply. Is inequality in net worth driven by slower asset accumulation for some groups, by greater household indebtedness, or both? Disentangling these questions is important for understanding the outcomes of the financial crisis. Existing evidence suggests that predatory lending in the pre-crisis period and the use of borrowing to smooth across income shocks may have fueled rising indebtedness among women and communities of color. In this paper, I use PSID data to examine gender and racial inequality in household debt, leverage, and debt-to-income ratios pre- and post-crisis. While I do not find evidence that high-cost mortgage lending before the crisis disproportionately targeted previously credit-constrained groups, consumer debt relative to income rose more post-crisis for black household heads and for women than for other groups. Leverage was also persistently higher for these groups, and the gap continued to widen post-crisis for female-headed households. These trends may be linked to general economic insecurity, lagged effects of mortgage debt, and gendered and racialized trends in student debt. Variation in household financial stability is an under-examined dimension of economic inequality that is of key policy relevance as borrowing begins to return to pre-crisis levels.