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Adam Looney, PhD Biography

Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution
Pro to the question "Is a College Education Worth It?"

“When compared to other types of investments, how does a college degree really stack up?

The answer is clear: higher education is a much better investment than almost any other alternative, even for the ‘Class of the Great Recession’ (young adults age 23-24). In today’s tough labor market, a college degree dramatically boosts the odds of finding a job and making more money.”

Cowritten with Michael Greenstone, “Where Is the Best Place to Invest $102,000—In Stocks, Bonds, or a College Degree?,”, June 2011

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution, 2010-present
  • Policy Director, Hamilton Project, 2010-present
  • Senior Economist, Council of Economic Advisors, Executive Office of the
  • President, July 2009-July 2010
  • Economist, Federal Reserve Board, 2004-2010
  • Investment Specialist, Office of Financial Stability, US Treasury, Mar. 2009-June 2009
  • Visiting Faculty, Department of Economics, University of California at Berkeley, 2008
  • PhD, Economics, Harvard University, 2004
  • MA, Economics, Harvard University, 2001
  • BA, Economics, Dartmouth College, 1999
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Pro & Con Quotes: Is a College Education Worth It?