“Delivering equitable growth” highlights challenges and opportunities facing current and future generations of U.S. policymakers

Washington, DC—The Washington Center for Equitable Growth releasedDelivering equitable growth: strategies for the next Administration” on October 31, 2016, highlighting both new and existing research on the channels through which inequality affects growth. Sixteen scholars from institutions across the country present independent, evidence-based policy ideas on topics ranging from how inequality affects children’s outcomes to questions surrounding trade and worker welfare to help inform the economic policy choices of the two presidential transition teams, relevant agencies, and the next president’s Administration.

“Ideas about what makes the economy grow are at the core of our national economic debate, particularly at a time when too many Americans have not shared in the gains from growth,” says Elisabeth Jacobs, Senior Policy Director at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth. “The diverse range of experts represented here illustrate key economic problems facing our society and propose solutions informed by that research. We hope this body of work can serve as a starting point for the next Administration’s engagement with questions related to whether and how economic inequality affects growth and inform an evidence-based conversation about the future of U.S. economic policy.”

Rather than a comprehensive guide to detailed policy design, the 14 essays provide an overview of the existing evidence based on each scholar’s respective expertise and recommendations for responding to the economic issues impacting families, businesses, capital and markets, and communities. Each essay represents the expertise and views of the respective scholar.

“Equitable Growth’s new resource is a must-read for both new government officials and lifelong public servants,” says Melody Barnes, an Equitable Growth Steering Committee Member and former Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council. “From my own experience, I recognize firsthand the value of evidence-backed and policy relevant research and this set of recommendations fits the bill.” Barnes, now a Senior Fellow at the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University, adds that “…members of the next Administration should look to these ideas both as they come into office and in the years to come.”

For an overview of the project, see this summary and explanation from Equitable Growth’s Senior Director for Policy, Elisabeth Jacobs.

“Delivering equitable growth” includes the following sets of recommendations:

View each of the essays and an overview of “Delivering equitable growth: strategies for the next Administration” here.


October 31, 2016

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