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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

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Individuals with JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the study of higher education. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to the study of higher education.
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?