Washington Center for Equitable Growth brings together scholars, policymakers for third biennial grantee conference

Equitable Growth 2021: People and Research Advancing Economic Evidence elevates research on economic inequality and its effects on economic growth and stability

December 7, 2020
Contact: Erica Handloff, ehandloff@equitablegrowth.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Washington Center for Equitable Growth kicked off its third grantee conference, Equitable Growth 2021: People and Research Advancing Economic Evidence. The biennial conference, held virtually this year for the first time, brings together scholars and members of the policymaking community to showcase cutting-edge research from the organization’s network of grantees on how economic inequality affects economic growth and stability.

At this year’s conference, early, mid-career, and established scholars will have a chance to give and receive feedback on their research, as well as discuss the relevance of that research for an economic agenda in 2021 and beyond.

“Our mission is to advance evidence-backed ideas and policies that promote strong, stable, and broad-based economic growth,” said Korin Davis, Equitable Growth’s director of academic programs. “At the heart of our organization is academic programming and grantmaking. We believe that research can effect real change when put into the hands of those with the power to act.”

Now in its seventh year of grantmaking, Equitable Growth has seeded more than $7 million to more than 250 scholars. The organization recently released its 2021 Request for Proposals, which details the organization’s specific interest in research projects across dimensions of inequality—race, ethnicity, gender, place, and environmental factors—as well as the ways in which public policies affect the relationship between inequality and growth.

The conference, which includes programming over four days, will include paper sessions, fireside chats, keynotes, salon conversations, and trainings. In addition to opportunities to learn about cutting-edge research, grantees will also have an opportunity to learn from peers and experts during professional trainings and informal salons focused on navigating the academic job market, mentoring graduate students and early career professionals, engaging with policymakers, working with the media, accessing administrative data, and public service opportunities.

Paper and panel sessions covered throughout the conference include:

  • Policies to Address the Impact of Race and Socioeconomic Status on Economic Outcomes
  • Labor Market Regulations and the Outcomes of Vulnerable Workers
  • The Role of Unemployment Insurance in Supporting Workers and the Economy
  • Climate Change and Environmental Harm
  • Measurement and Dimensions of Inequality
  • Competition and Market Structure
  • Markets, Innovation, and Equitable Growth
  • Concentration and Labor Markets

A more detailed agenda and a full list of participants is available here.


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. For more information, see www.equitablegrowth.org and follow us on Twitter and Facebook @equitablegrowth.

December 7, 2020


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