Mark Paul

Mark Paul is a PhD candidate in Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Recent Articles

Campaign Challenge: Fix the African American Student Loan Crisis

Both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have proposed plans to ease the crippling debt burdening African American students, but their plans diverge in predictable ways.

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AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee Democratic presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders, stand together before the start of the Univision, Washington Post Democratic presidential debate at Miami-Dade College, Wednesday, March 9, 2016, in Miami. T his year’s presidential race has spotlighted an often-overlooked aspect of the student loan crisis: the disproportionate college debt burden shouldered by African American students. The average $71,086 price tag for higher education at a four-year public institution is already well beyond the reach of most middle-class families. But for African American students, the cost of college hits even harder. The average college debt for African American bachelor degree holders is $37,000, compared with just $28,051 for the average student who is white. The problem stems from both and is compounded by racial disparities in wealth accumulation. The twin legacies of chattel slavery, when black people were economic assets, and discrimination...