Dr Beth Akers: The financial burden of College – when it doesn’t pay off

Academic, author & economist

“I realised that I needed College as a bridge to become financially independent, and I found the experience quite frustrating”

Dr Beth Akers is an academic, author and economist. Currently a resident at the American Enterprise Institute, she was formerly a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and staff economist with the ‘Council of Economic Advisors’ under President George W. Bush. Also a writer, she co-authored ‘Game of Loans: The Rhetoric and Reality of Student Debt,’ and her writing has also been featured in; The New York Times, USA Today and The Wall Street Journal. In this conversation, Beth shares her opinion on why access to higher education is so important – as a key driver for country-wide social mobility; describes the significant role innovation plays in the sector, and how this has been forcefully encouraged by the pandemic; and explains why she thinks College isn’t too expensive, but too risky, and how we can begin minimising this risk.

May 14 2021

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