Faculty Notes

Prof. Norman Silber’s Paper on Pandemic Debt Relief Makes the SSRN Top Ten Download List

Norman I. Silber, Professor of Law

Professor Norman Silber and his co-author, Jeff Sovern’s paper titled “Placing Consumers at the Front of the Relief Effort: Redirecting Credit Card Interest Charges” has made the SSRN Top Ten Downloaded list this week.

Catastrophes including the COVID19 pandemic of 2019-2020 impose great financial stress on consumers. This op-ed proposes the distribution of economic relief directly to consumers by authorizing credit card issuers to bill Congress for portions of the interest that otherwise would be charged to cardholders. Significant benefits include expanding access to consumer credit when it otherwise would be expected to diminish, reduced consumer default rates and bank charge-offs, and greater stimulus to overall economic welfare.

Read the full paper on the SSRN website.