Reconciling the Rhetoric & Reality of Student Loan Debt


Mar. 2, 2016, 6pm to 7pm

Campus Location

Office/Remote Location

1st Floor Auditorium
Elizabeth Akers


The Brookings Mountain West invites you to attend a lecture titled, Reconciling the Rhetoric & Reality of Student Loan Debt, by Elizabeth Akers, fellow, Governance Studies.

Student loan debt has increased over the past three decades. This lecture will identify the factors that led to that increase in student loan debt what economic and social factors drove that increase. The talk will also consider the economic effects of increased or decreased earnings generated by individuals with student loan debt. This analysis will present data to assess the validity of several widely-held beliefs about the impact of student loan debt in the United States (e.g., increased student loan debt is depressing the housing market) and apply data-backed evidence to determine ways in which current and proposed policies to aid student borrowers could be made more effective and more efficient.

Admission Information

This event is free and open to the public.

Contact Information

Brookings Mountain West
William Brown

External Sponsor

Brookings Mountain West