Small Loans And the American Dream: Do They Help or Hurt?

by / July 15, 2014 video No Comments

Dr. Harold A. Black is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville who lectures, consults and publishes extensively on the subjects of financial institutions and the monetary system.  After being the first black male freshman to enroll at the University of Georgia in 1962, Black went on to become a Dean’s List student and earn his undergraduate degree.  He later earned his Master’s and Doctorate degree from Ohio State University.

In addition to serving on the faculty at the University of Tennessee, Black as served at American University, Howard University, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and the University of Florida.  He has also worked for the government in the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency the Department of Economic Research and Analysis and also as a Board Member for the National Credit Union Association.  His professional career has also included sitting on the board of directors for Home Savings of America, New Century Financial Corporation and Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

As a writer, Black has had his work featured in such publications as the American Economic Review: Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Journal of Finance, Journal of Banking and Finance, Southern Economic Journal, Journal of Financial Research and the Journal of Monetary Economics.  He has also served as a consultant for such companies as SunTrust Bank, Chrysler Financial Corporation, National Bank of Commerce, Branch Banking and Trust Company, and the Mortgage Bankers of America.

Black has received multiple awards for his work in the field of finance, including receiving the Department of Treasury’s Special Achievement Award, the National Urban League’s Outstanding Service Award, the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Georgia, and the Chancellor’s Award for Research Excellence at the University of Tennessee.  As a professor, Black received the John B. Ross Teaching Award for excellence in teaching in 2001 and was listed in Who’s Who Among Black Americans and Who’s Who Worldwide.

In the following video, Black explains the misconceptions around small dollar loans and how they affect the economies of people and the country. He discusses APR, true costs, and cites numerous studies that show that small loans are vital to an individual’s ability to move up in society.

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