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Kamila Sommer


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Research Papers:

Student Loans, Access to Credit, and Consumer Financial Behavior. (In progress) Joint with Alvaro Mezza and Daniel Ringo.

Business Cycle Dynamics of the Wealth Distribution. (In progress) Joint with Joseph Briggs, Jesse Bricker, and Sarah Friedman.

The Effect of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on the Housing Market. (NEW PAPER) Joint with Paul Sullivan.

The Distributional Financial Accounts of the United States. (NEW PAPER) Forthcoming in Chetty, Raj, John N. Friedman, Janet C. Gornick, Barry Johnson, and Arthur Kennickell eds., Measuring and Understanding the Distribution and Intra/Inter-Generational Mobility of Income and Wealth. NBER Book Series Studies in Income and Wealth. The University of Chicago Press. Joint with Michael Batty, Joseph Briggs, Jesse Bricker, Sarah Friedman, Danielle Nemschoff, Eric Nielsen, and Alice Henriques Volz.

Introducing the Distributional Financial Accounts of the United States. FEDS Working Paper (2019). Joint with Michael Batty, Joseph Briggs, Jesse Bricker, Elizabeth Holmquist, Susan McIntosh, Kevin Moore, Eric Nielsen, Sarah Reber, Molly Shatto, Tom Sweeney, and Alice Henriques Volz. Selected coverage: The Washington Post

Measuring Aggregate Housing Wealth: New Insights from Machine Learning. Journal of Housing Economics (2021), vol. 51. Joint with Josh Gallin, Raven Molloy, Paul Smith, and Eric Nielsen.

Student Loans and Homeownership. Journal of Labor Economics (2020), vol. 38, no. 1, pp. 215-260. Joint with Alvaro Mezza, Daniel Ringo, and Shane Sherlund.

How Well Did Social Security Mitigate the Effects of the Great Recession? International Economic Review (2019), vol. 60, no. 3, pp.1433-1466. Joint with William Peterman.

A Historical Welfare Analysis of Social Security: Whom Did the Program Benefit? Quantitative Economics (2019), vol. 10, no. 4, pp. 1357-1399. Joint with William Peterman.

Implications of the U.S. Tax Policy for House Prices and Rents. American Economic Review (2018), vol. 108, no. 2, pp. 241-274 ; joint with Paul Sullivan.

Fertility Choice in a Life Cycle Model with Idiosyncratic Uninsurable Earnings Risk. Journal of Monetary Economics (2016), vol. 83, pp. 27-38.

A Trillion Dollar Question: What Predicts Student Loan Delinquencies? Journal of Student Financial Aid (2016), vol. 46, No. 3; joint with Alvaro Mezza.

The Equilibrium Effect of Fundamentals on House Prices and Rents. Journal of Monetary Economics (2013), vol. 60, pp. 854-870; joint with Paul Sullivan and Randal Verbrugge. Appendix.

 

Notes and Short Papers:

Student Debt Overhang: Imprint on Homeownership and the Economy. Business Economics (2020), vol. 55, no. 3, pp. 134-137.

Updating the Distributional Financial Accounts. Joint with Michael Batty, Jesse Bricker, Ella Deeken, Sarah Friedman, Eric Nielsen, Sarah Reber, and Alice Henriques Volz.

Can Student Loan Debt Explain Low Homeownership Rates for Young Adults? Joint with Alvaro Mezza and Daniel Ringo. Selected Coverage: The Wall Street Journal; Bloomberg; American Banker; Slate; MarketWatch; CNBC; ThinkProgress.

A New Measure of Housing Wealth in the Financial Accounts of the United States. Joint with Hannah Hall and Eric Nielsen.

Student Loan Debt and Aggregate Consumption Growth. Joint with Laura Feiveson and Alvaro Mezza.

A Trillion Dollar Question: What Predicts Student Loan Delinquency Risk? Joint with Alvaro Mezza. Selected Coverage: The Wall Street Journal; Forbes.

Student Loans and Homeownership Trends. Joint with Alvaro Mezza and Shane Sherlund. Selected Coverage: The Wall Street Journal; Brookings Post by Susan Dynarki; VoxEU.

 

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