About

Nick Bourke

Nick Bourke

  • Director
  • Small Dollar Loans,
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts

Profile

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.

Recent Work

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  • Payday Loans — And How to Fix Them

    Research shows that payday loans suffer from three main problems: The loans have unaffordable payments, they fail to work as advertised, and they have excessively high prices. Read More

  • Online Lending and the Integrity of the Banking System

    Americans have lost millions of dollars to unscrupulous merchants and fraudsters who have abused the electronic payments system to gain access to consumers' accounts. In response, the U.S. Department of Justice and several other federal and state agencies have taken action to prevent mass market fraud against consumers. This article summarizes the unique problems associated with online payday... Read More

  • Payday Loans and Tax Time

    This infographic provides a snapshot of the impact of payday loans on borrowers. Payments are unaffordable for the budgets of most payday loan borrowers, and 1 in 6 has used a tax refund to eliminate payday loan debt. Similar to payday borrowers, 1 in 5 auto title loan borrowers reports using a tax refund to repay a title loan. Read More

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Director, Communications

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