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Beth Akers
Beth Akers

Beth Akers

Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute & Author, "Game of Loans"

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 co-author of “Game of Loans: The Rhetoric and Reality of Student Debt.” 

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“The Democrats’ general approach, full loan forgiveness for all indebted students, is a wasteful policy intended to win political favor with highly educated voters.” 

Monday, December 16, 2019

“Beth Akers joins John Stossel to discuss the purported crisis over student loans and new approaches to the financing of higher education. “ 

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

“Bernie Sanders unveiled his plan to eliminate student loan debt Monday and Beth Akers, author of 'Game of Loans', explains why she disagrees.” 

Monday, June 24, 2019

“The typical millennial has no student debt. Even among those who pursued higher education and borrowed to fund it, a typical household with two college-educated workers has more than $100,000 in annual income and pays less than $400 monthly on their loans.” 

Thursday, October 10, 2019

“Much of the debate about college today focuses on tuition and mounting student debt, with Democratic presidential candidates even raising the possibility of forgiving all student loans. Not enough attention is paid to risk. Spending tens of thousands of dollars annually on four years of college (or more), with little promise that it will pay off in the form of a good job, is a big gamble.” 

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

"Debt isn’t simply a means of paying for things that are, de facto, unaffordable. Debt is an instrument for making investments that generate wealth or for smooth consumption during periods of economic hardship that are expected to be followed by prosperity." 

Wednesday, February 26, 2020