consumer credit, consumer loans, financial inclusion, payday lending, student loans

On October 21, I had the pleasure to give the research keynote address at the annual conference of the Financial Services Centers of America (FiSCA) in Miami. Below are my remarks, in which I critique some policymakers' attempts to promote financial inclusion by restricting consumer choice and…

Monetary Policy, MMT, Financial Inclusion, Cato Journal, Fed

The Fall 2019 edition of the Cato Journal, the Cato Institute’s interdisciplinary journal of public policy, is now available online. Readers of Alt-M will find the articles on monetary and financial topics of special interest.  Their topics range from financial inclusion, to macroprudential policy, to Modern Monetary…

banking regulation, financial regulation, financial innovation, community reinvestment act, financial inclusion

In a recent op-ed for CNN, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) suggests a plan for improving the financial inclusion of minority households. She believes that reversing the Trump administration’s recent regulatory initiatives on credit discrimination and mortgage reporting legislation would improve matters. While Rep. Tlaib is right to…

financial inclusion, financial technology, financial regulation, unbanked, underbanked

What is the proper policy framework for promoting financial inclusion in a free society? New financial tools are bringing more people into the modern financial world — changing how households save, borrow, pay for everyday needs, and invest in their futures. They’re also creating new opportunities for…