Biography: Beth Akers is a fellow in the Brookings Institutionís Brown Center on Education Policy. She is an expert on the economics of education, with a focus on higher education policy. Akersís recent writing has been on the topics of student loan debt, information in higher education and extended time-to-degree. She previously held the position of staff economist with the Presidentís Council of Economic Advisors, where she worked on federal student lending policy as well as other education and labor issues. Akers received a B.S. in Mathematics and Economics from SUNY Albany and a Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University. She is often cited by major media outlets and has briefed policy makers on the topic of student loans.