The Washington Center for Equitable Growth is a nonprofit research and grantmaking organization dedicated to advancing evidence-backed ideas and policies that promote strong, stable, and broad-based economic growth. Equitable Growth funds original research from established academics and promising early career researchers. We continuously work to build a strong bridge between academics and policymakers to ensure that research on equitable growth and inequality is relevant, accessible, and informative to the policymaking process.
Your tax-deductible donation is critical for developing research that can inspire evidence-backed policies that can drive broad-based growth and mobility for people across incomes, regions, and demographic groups.
Ways to donate
Make checks payable to The Washington Center for Equitable Growth. Send to: 1156 15th Street NW, Suite 700, Washington D.C. 20005-1704
For more information on supporting the Washington Center for Equitable Growth contact Director of Development Jennifer Bobb firstname.lastname@example.org.
Equitable Growth focuses on issue areas, which help us tell a larger story about how a new set of economic policy choices can not only reduce inequality but also create strong, stable and broad-based income growth for tens of millions of Americans.
Our issue areas include: measuring growth, family economic security, raising wages, wealth taxation, and inequality and mobility.
Helping the government find new ways to measure growth
Our Disaggregating Growth project is about helping the government measure more than just one number: Gross Domestic Product (GDP). This project is about understanding how this one number impacts people differently. The result will change how policymakers, the media, and U.S. families think and talk about economic well-being and progress. Read more about our Disaggregating Growth project here.
Helping families achieve economic security
The United States is an outlier among developed nations for its lack of a national paid family and medical leave program. The prevailing supply-side rhetoric dictates that such policies are costly, which ignores evidence indicating that paid leave reduces turnover among employees—a boon to businesses—while enabling workers to meet both their caregiving and wage-earning needs. Equitable Growth supports research and connects to policymakers that will ultimately improve the socioeconomic well-being of countless families and the U.S. economy as a whole. Read more about our efforts towards achieving family economic security here.
Boosting wages for all workers
Raising the minimum wage would benefit many working Americans, especially those at the bottom of the income distribution who need it most. There is also evidence that raising the minimum wage would not cause negative effects to the economy, as many have previously thought. Equitable Growth aims to refocus the minimum wage debate on the well-being of U.S. workers. Learn more about our work to boost wages for all workers here.
Taxes and macroeconomic policies that support equitable growth
Equitable Growth promotes research to improve our understanding of how tax and monetary policy tools can ensure the U.S. economy works for everyone, and reduce the damage from economic downturns. We are quickly becoming the go-to research and policy analysis resource on the intersection of taxes, inequality, and growth. Learn more about our work on taxes and macroeconomic policies here.
Inequality, mobility, and the American Dream
Wealth and income inequality has increased sharply in recent decades, and could be impeding the development of human potential and the effective deployment of that human potential, and therefore depressing upward mobility. Equitable Growth supports research and policy analysis on how trends in economic inequality and mobility and changes in the economy have affected the concentration of wealth, income, and earnings, and how these distributional shifts have affected the promise of economic security and opportunity. Learn more about our work to support mobility and opportunity here.