Nick Bourke directs Pew's research on consumer needs and perceptions, market practices, and potential regulation of payday and other small-dollar loan providers. The project also offers policy recommendations designed to protect consumers from harmful practices and promote safe, transparent credit.
As the lead on Pew’s analysis and advocacy efforts on consumer lending issues, Bourke oversees a team of researchers, publishing unique analyses and proposing evidence-based regulation for the credit card and small-dollar loan industries. He has testified before congressional committees and frequently interacts with stakeholders from industry and consumer groups. Bourke has conducted numerous interviews on national television and radio news programs and with top print publications.
Bourke previously led Pew’s successful campaign to reform regulation of the credit card industry. Before joining Pew, he worked with financial services and high tech companies, serving as product manager, marketing specialist, strategy consultant, and legal advisor, with particular expertise in electronic payments. Most recently, Bourke was senior consultant and project manager for the Ziba Group, where his clients included Visa and other financial services firms. Bourke has also developed marketing analytics products for credit card providers and other organizations. He is a member of the State Bar of California.
Bourke holds a bachelor’s degree in science, technology, and society from Stanford University and a juris doctor degree from the University of California, Davis.
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Nationwide, Americans in all demographic groups use payday loans. The only requirements to obtain such credit are a checking account and a source of income. Typical borrowers earn about $30,000 per year, and most use the loans to cover recurring expenses such as rent, mortgage payments, groceries, and utilities. Read More
Proposed regulations from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) would protect consumers from conventional, lump-sum payday loans, which Pew’s research has shown usually have unaffordable payments that trigger reborrowing. The pending rule strongly encourages payday and auto title lenders to give borrowers more time to repay loans in smaller installments, rather than large lump-sum... Read More
In June, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a proposed rule to regulate payday, auto title, and some high-cost installment loans. The proposal applies to “covered loans” from any lender, including payday, auto title, online, and nonbank installment lenders as well as banks and credit unions, but not to overdraft services, pawn loans, business loans, and other... Read More