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Empirical Economic Bulletin, An Undergraduate Journal

Article Title

How Does Student Debt Affect Household Formation?

Abstract

This paper investigates the impact student debt has on household formation. In order to determine what the impact is, an existing model around household formation was used and that model expanded it to include additional variables in order to add student debt into the model. Overall student debt at the individual and household levels has increased tremendously in the last 30 years. With student loan debt taking up a greater share of income for individuals and households, this research seeks to demonstrate that as student loan debt increases, the rate at which households are formed decreases. The findings of this analysis were that student debt does indeed influence household formation.