Experts examine how regulators and lawmakers can support low-income communities.
The United States is experiencing unprecedented economic inequality.
As the gap between low-income and affluent communities widens, the socioeconomic characteristics of these groups also diverge. Individuals who are low-income are more likely to be people of color, have less education, live in segregated neighborhoods, experience financial exclusion, and interact with law enforcement. As a result, members of low-income communities face overlapping and systemic disadvantages that affect nearly every aspect of life.
Although regulators and lawmakers throughout the country can address the breadth of issues affecting low-income communities, those that focus on consumer law play a distinct role in promoting economic mobility for individuals from vulnerable communities. Rather than examining issues that are associated with low income, they can address issues such as disparities in credit and debt markets that affect how members of low-income communities attain financial stability and build wealth.
The Regulatory Review has invited scholars and advocates to discuss the issues affecting low-income communities and the role that regulation can play in promoting economic justice. The Regulatory Review hopes that this series will inspire our readers to consider issues that affect the daily lives of the most vulnerable members of society.
The contributors to this series are: Zachary Best, Relman Colfax; Kate Dugan, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia; Remington A. Gregg, Airbnb; Stephen F. Hayes, Relman Colfax; Lynn Lu, The City University of New York School of Law; Manisha Padi, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law; and Karuna Patel, Feerick Center for Social Justice at Fordham University School of Law.
March 28, 2022 | Remington A. Gregg, Airbnb
The CFPB can enhance consumers’ access to justice by restoring limits on the use of forced arbitration clauses.
March 29, 2022 | Manisha Padi, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
Policymakers should address situations in which firms use their discretion to enforce standardized contracts differently for individuals from vulnerable communities.
March 30, 2022 | Karuna Patel, Feerick Center for Social Justice at Fordham University School of Law
Legislators in New York offer an example of how states can lower high judgment interest rates on unpaid debt that disproportionately harm low-income consumers.
April 4, 2022 | Zachary Best and Stephen Hayes, Relman Colfax
Federal loan programs for small business likely violate anti-discrimination laws due to the disparate impact these programs have on people of color.
April 5, 2022 | Kate Dugan, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia
Philadelphia passed legislation to prevent predatory home buying schemes by residential property wholesalers, helping low-income homeowners build intergenerational wealth.
April 6, 2022 | Lynn D. Lu, The City University of New York School of Law
Policymakers must diversify the sources of information that machine learning depends upon before using automated decision-making systems in cash assistance programs.