A recent New York Times op-ed has caused a debate about what it would mean to purposefully default on student loans.
A recent New York Times op-ed has caused a debate about what it would mean to purposefully default on student loans. - 

Millennials -- American teens, twenty- and thirty-somethings born after 1980 -- have inherited one of the toughest economic environments in years. Yet, according to new data from Pew, they may be one of the most economically optimistic generations ever.

Alicia Menendez, reporter and anchor for Fusion TV, joins Marketplace Morning Report host David Brancaccio to discuss what's behind the apparent paradox. 

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