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Economist Richard Vague on the Pros and Cons of Eliminating Debt: How It Disproportionately Affects Lower-Income Individuals

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Economist Richard Vague on the Pros and Cons of Eliminating Debt: How It Disproportionately Affects Lower-Income Individuals

In recent years, managing unpaid debt has become a significant challenge for governments worldwide. President Joe Biden made an attempt to alleviate this issue by proposing to waive student loan debt for certain borrowers. Meanwhile, two counties in Michigan have announced plans to eliminate medical debt for over 300,000 residents.

The idea of eliminating debt has sparked a heated debate among economists and policymakers. Richard Vague, an economist and author, advocates for this solution as the best way to address debt-related challenges. In his book “The Paradox of Debt,” Vague highlights the disproportionate debt burden carried by lower-income individuals compared to those in higher-income brackets.

During a recent episode of Created Equal, Vague discussed how debt functions and who it primarily benefits. He pointed out that lower-income individuals tend to carry a larger amount of debt relative to their income, which makes it challenging for them to accumulate wealth and manage day-to-day living expenses. This discussion sheds light on the complexities of debt and its impact on different socioeconomic groups.

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