Laura Beamer
Lead Researcher, Higher Education Finance

As the Lead Researcher on Higher Education Finance at JFI, Laura leads research design and implementation in higher ed at JFI. She completed her Masters Degree in International Finance and Economic Policy at Columbia University SIPA. Laura has produced extensive tools for understanding and comparing existing higher education financing models and the projected impacts of ISAs, among other options. On the topic of empowering public education, Laura has also written about funding sources in journalism. In our basic income work, Laura’s study on “Basic Income and Environmental Degradation” examines the intersection of cash transfers and energy consumption. Currently, Laura is the lead researcher for JFI’s Millennial Student Debt Project, a study of inequality in student access to higher education in the U.S.

Previously, Laura worked as a teaching assistant in quantitative analysis at SIPA. She also worked in asset management at Overseas Private Investment Corporation, where she created risk ratings for investment in several developing countries, and co-authored a report on the economic repercussions of the trade war in Sub-Saharan Africa. She graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Political Science from Georgia State University and grew up in Atlanta, GA. Find Laura on Twitter here.

Relevant Work

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