#CancelStudentDebt for relief and recovery

I updated a 2015 report that I wrote on student debt in Massachusetts for the current context of the pandemic, arguing that now more than ever we need to #CancelStudentDebt.

The Massachusetts Teachers Association along with the Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts, Zero Debt Massachusetts, Massachusetts Education Justice Alliance, and friends had a Facebook Live event where we chatted about why student debt cancellation is critical. 

Then, I quickly gave my two sense about it on the local radio on the Bill Newman Show along with MTA Vice President Max Page.

Resources I’m reading on doing, presenting, and publishing research

How to publish applied economics papers

Take away points

  • Expect rejection, and rejection is okay!
  • Also expect to wait….
  • Know your journal, its aim and scope, who publishes and what is published
  • Craft not just good analysis, but also a good story
  • Place your research within the literature, filling a gap or expanding on an outstanding question
  • Sell your question, and answer
  • Write with style and flow
  • Dial in the elevator pitch, and turn this into your abstract and introduction
  • Don’t bury the question
  • Make tables and graphs readable, and meaningful
  • Focus on the question and the contribution
  • and look at the following……

The introduction formula

  • A good boiler plate model
  • Hook, question, antecedent, value-added, road-map

The conclusion formula 

  • Summary, limitations, relevance to policy, future research

How to give an applied micro talk 

  • Clear question
  • Preview the findings
  • THEN, go into detail, but spare the boring details about processing data
  • Present a clear and explicit model
  • …”no pauses unless you really want to stress something”
  • Use tables strategically
  • Practice!