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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/19169/bond-market-discounts-college-graduates/

Bond Market Discounts College Graduates

November 13, 2011 by

Matt Wirz writes for the Wall Street Journal that the bond vigilantes may not be sniffing any price inflation but players in the student debt market are deeply discounting the job prospects for recent college grads.

The assumed default rate on students loans has moved from 25% to 30% upward to between 30% and 40%. Failure to graduate is the most important factor in whether a graduate pays back a loan. Over 20% of Americans between the ages of 20 and 24 without a college degree are unemployed. The rate is 8% for those of the same age with degrees.

Investors also take a dim view of buying the ever increasing debt of a perpetual student. “When you see a guy in a loan made in 2005 that is still in school, you throw that away,” said investor Rubin Bahar, of Eagle Asset Management.

So what are the best bets when buying student debt? Technical schools. Students pay the least for their education with the potential to make good money after graduation in only a couple of years.

By that arithmetic, technical colleges come out on top, Mr. [Daniel] Ades said. “We’re in a skills based economy and what we need is more computer programmers, more [nurses],” he said. “It’s less glamorous but it’s what we need.”

Meanwhile the nation’s law schools continue to over-supply the nation with lawyers. Law students are borrowing an average of $68,827 at state schools and $106,249 a private schools only to add to the glut of barristers.


HL November 14, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Glut of barristers? As Justice is a universal goal of good men everywhere, and lawyers exist to advance Justice in all its forms, it cannot ever be we have a “glut” of lawyers. To argue thusly one would have to claim there can be too much Justice.

Matthew Swaringen November 14, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Insofar as you have defined lawyer in the way you did above, I think you are using a definition outside the scope of the article you are replying to.

RTB November 14, 2011 at 9:52 pm

“As Justice is a universal goal of good men everywhere”

“lawyers exist to advance Justice in all its forms”

Are you sure about these two statements? Or are you just trying to be funny?

HL November 14, 2011 at 10:08 pm

Glut is sort of hard to define. Now, I will agree there is a glut of sorry sack losers with law degrees who are bummed that roast pigeons are not flying into their open mouths. However, whether there is a glut of lawyers per se, that I don’t think Mr. French ( or I ) can really say. Any given day across this country there is a person with a sincere, genuine and immediate need of legal counsel who goes without because a decent attorney at a decent price is still hard to find. Ergo, unmet demand means, in my somewhat linear mind, no glut.

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