Elizabeth Akers

Elizabeth Akers

Senior Fellow


Beth Akers is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, where her work focuses on labor economics and the economics of higher education. Previously, she was a fellow at the Brookings Institution and a staff economist with the Council of Economic Advisors under President George W. Bush. Akers is the coauthor of Game of Loans: The Rhetoric and Reality of Student Debt. Her writing and research have been featured in, among others, The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Bloomberg, Quartz, Newsweek, and The Hill. She has appeared on CNBC, ABC News, Bloomberg TV, C-SPAN, among other TV and radio networks. Akers received a BS in mathematics and economics from SUNY Albany and a PhD in economics from Columbia University.

Monday, March 30th

2:00 pm
2:40 pm
The Rockies, Harbor Ballroom B, Harbor Tower, 2nd Level
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We all know that student debt now exceeds $1.5 trillion. But underneath that eye-popping figure, what is the true cost - to graduates and the economy at large? What are the economic implications? what is the impact on productivity? How does this alter education attainment?…

Elizabeth Akers, Femi Adebogun, Will Sealy, Scott Smallwood