Field of Study and Financial Problems: How Economics Reduces the Risk of Default

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This paper documents how extensive economic education can reduce the risk of getting into financial trouble by comparing people who enter business and economics programs with people who enter other higher education programs. To identify the causal effect, I exploit GPA admission thresholds that quasi-randomize applicants near the thresholds into different higher education programs. I find that admission to an economics program reduces the probability of loan default and delinquency by one half. This large reduction is associated with changes in financial behavior, but it is not associated with differences in the level or stability of people’s income.
Original languageEnglish
JournalReview of Financial Studies
Volume36
Issue number11
Pages (from-to)4677–4711
ISSN0893-9454
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Publication statusPublished - 3 May 2023

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