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A cost-of-living crisis and a return to levels of inflation not seen for forty years, coupled with severe labour market disruptions mean that “the economy” has very much returned to the forefront of the public conscience. While questions related to the problems at hand (“How do we effectively offset rising fuel bills?”, “What should be done with interest rates in response to rising inflation?”, “How do we tackle labour shortages in key industries?”) are presumably those of immediate concern to economic policymakers, these are all linked, in one way or another, to one overarching, perennial, question:

How can we steer the economy on a path to long-term, sustainable economic growth? For colleges, the question that follows, is “what role do colleges have to play in supporting a healthier economy?”

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