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Trillion Dollar Questions

Big topics. Honest discussions. Expert solutions.

Trillion Dollar Questions

At Heinz College, we think big  big data, big innovation, big impact. We strive to effect change at the highest levels. This means tackling some big issues. 

We like to call the world’s biggest problems Trillion Dollar Questions. Not because they are solely questions with massive economic impacts, but because solving them would produce enormous value. Solving them would change the world.

Trillion Dollar Questions exist across many areas of research and policy. By nature, they are interdisciplinary problems. They require diverse viewpoints, novel approaches, and an understanding of how we got here, and the intersection of those three elements is where Heinz College excels.

In this ongoing series, Heinz College experts will convene solutions-oriented conversations with colleagues from across academia, government, and media to address the Trillion Dollar Questions that will shape the next century.

  • Student Debt & the Future of Higher Education


    Student Debt & the Future of Higher Education  
    Is massive policy change needed or can the academy innovate from within?

    Date: Friday, November 18

    Danielle Douglas Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, Moderator
    National higher education reporter covering the economics of higher education
    Washington Post 




    Ara Austin Ara Austin
    Clinical Assistant Professor - Senior Director of Online Engagement and Strategic Initiatives
    Arizona State University




    Bryan Caplan Bryan Caplan 
    Professor of Economics
    George Mason University




    Michael Smith Michael Smith
    Professor of Information Technology and Marketing
    Carnegie Mellon University





    Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College of Information Systems and Public PolicyArizon State UniversityGeorge Mason University