In the fall of 2007, when the U.S. economy first seemed in peril, I began answering reader queries here on the Business Desk. I still do so occasionally, but this page has expanded to include posts from eminent economists, "far-flung correspondents," and a variety of voices that have intriguing and/or useful things to say about economics, broadly defined. Please feel encouraged to respond to any and all of them.
Here's a running debt clock tracking total student loans in America (the mechanics of which are at finaid.org, one of the sites run by financial aid expert Mark Kantrowitz.). If you're like one of the debt-saddled folks we've profiled, we urge you to check out the latest edition of the Income Based Repayment Plan at Kantrowitz's site or directly from the government.
If you missed it, here's a roundup of our recent reporting on the trillion-dollar student debt crisis and its impact on the economy: