David Skeel

David is a law professor at the University of Pennsylvania and a member of WORLD New Group’s board of directors.

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Have mercy?

Criminal Justice | Where forgiveness fits into our system of justice
by David Skeel
Posted 2/08/20, 01:22 pm

As WORLD’s Effective Compassion podcast series continues, this Wall Street Journal article by David Skeel from December asks the question: Do forgiveness and mercy have a place in our law? Skeel is a Christian, a University of Pennsylvania law professor, and a member of WORLD News Group’s board of directors. The two books he reviews sound interesting, but this is one of those reviews that’s valuable even if you never touch the books under discussion. —Marvin Olasky

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College loan conundrum

Money | Can the student loan market be reformed?
by David Skeel
Posted 1/17/17, 09:36 am

If you’re trying to predict which bubble will burst next, don’t rule out student loans. U.S. student loan debt stands at nearly $1.4 trillion, and more than half of all student borrowers do not repay their school loans in full. Is there a fix for this mess?

Some student loan defenders claim the market isn’t as sickly as it looks. The government makes money on student loans, the reasoning goes, and students who obtain college degrees earn an estimated $20,000 a year more than those who don’t.

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A boon for business?

Money | Forecasting the Donald J. Trump economy is a dicey exercise
by David Skeel
Posted 12/16/16, 11:00 am

Stock markets think a businessman president will be good for business. After dropping for a few hours following billionaire Donald Trump’s election victory, stock prices rose, and kept rising.

The markets may be right, but the Trump economy is far less certain than the early euphoria suggests.

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