Research Opportunity: Government Credit Programs in American Life

Con­tact Name: Sarah Quinn

Con­tact Email: slquinn[at]

Depart­ment: Sociology


Federal credit programs are a major form of government intervention in American markets, but missing data and theoretical blind spots have caused scholars to repeatedly overlook and misconstrue these policies.

This project will address this problem by undertaking a review of the rise of federal credit programs in the United States. We are building a dataset and reviewing the history of specific programs in order to better understand how the US federal government has shaped market development, social welfare, and inequality.


Experience with Excel and a willingness to learn.

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