Jason Houle

"Degrees of Separation: Higher Ed" (With Good Reason radio presentation)

In this interview, Jason Houle addresses such topics as (1) is there really a student loan crisis, (2) is student loan debt distributed equally across various social groups, (3) by how much has average student loan increased, (4) is education a good investment, (5) how does loan repayment compare across social groups, (6) how could society restructure the education system to alleviate the student loan debt situation, (7) is this just a matter of millenials taking more work hours while in college....Listen to the responses here.

"With Good Reason" has won five Gabriel Awards for Best Documentary or Public Affairs Programs and is also the recipient of top honors from the Public Radio News Directors, Radio and Television Digital News Association and the Virginia Association of Broadcasters.

"Is Student Debt Responsible for 'Boomeranging' Among Young Adults?"

While student loan debt has reached an all-time high, with the average college graduate owing $30,000 in student loans, it does not increase young adults’ risk of “boomeranging” or returning to their parental home, according to a Dartmouth-led study published in Sociology of Education. Boomerangers, surprisingly, had less student loan debt than young adults who didn’t return home. Read the Sociology of Education article here, the Dartmouth press release here, the Forbes article here, and the Fast Company Co.Exist newsletter here.

"Black-White Gap in Student Loan Debt" (Inside Higher Ed)

A new study by Assistant Professor of Sociology Jason Houle and two co-authors confirms reports that there’s a student-loan gap between black and white young adults, reports Inside Higher Ed.

“The study, published in the journal Race and Social Problems, finds that black young adults have 68.2 percent more student loan debt, on average, than do white young adults,” writes Inside Higher Ed.

Read the full story, published 3/9/16 by Inside Higher Ed.

"Parents' Debt Impacts Kids' Well-Being"

With co-author Lawrence Berger, Director of the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Assistant Professor Jason Houle reports on a relationship between different kinds of debt and the socioemotional development of the children in the family.  Read the original article in the journal Pediatrics here and some subsequent coverage in U.S. News and World Report here and the Pacific Standard here.

"Study: Student Loans Aren't the Biggest Reason Millenials Don't Buy Homes" (VPR)

Recent work by Professor Jason Houle and University of Wisconsin Social Work Professor Lawrence Berger challenges the prevailing notion that student debt is the primary reason young adults delay buying a home.  Read and listen to the story.

"Can Getting Sick Push You into Foreclosure?" (The Washington Post)

Piles of research link foreclosure to depression, increased emergency room visits and even suicide among people who have lost their homes or are close to it. But just as foreclosures can contribute to health problems, new research shows that health problems can contribute to foreclosure, as well.

Middle-aged adults with chronic conditions that got worse as they grew older are nearly twice as likely to default on their mortgages and 2.6 times as likely to lapse into foreclosure than those whose chronic conditions remained stable, according to a recent study that tracked people as they hit their 40th and 50th birthdays during the foreclosure crisis.

Read the full story, published 1/21/15 by the Washington Post.