First Tuesdays -- The $750 Billion Question: Does Our Government Promote Economic Mobility?

Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Noon–1:30 p.m. ET

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Panelists:

Heather Boushey
Heather Boushey, senior economist, Center for American Progress

Kevin Hassett
Kevin Hassett, senior fellow and director of Economic Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute

Harry Holzer
Harry Holzer, Institute fellow, Urban Institute, and professor of public policy, Georgetown University

Eugene Steuerle
Eugene Steuerle, Institute fellow and Richard B. Fisher Chair, Urban Institute

Sheila Zedlewski
Sheila Zedlewski, director, Income and Benefits Policy Center, Urban Institute (moderator)

While economic opportunity and upward mobility form the core of the American dream, we know too well that many Americans don’t move up the income ladder, and recent trends in wages warn of serious obstacles ahead. Urban Institute research, supported by Pew’s Economic Mobility Project, also shows that most government spending doesn’t advance a mobility agenda.

Join us for a spirited discussion as an expert panel debates how mobility policies have succeeded and failed, how — or whether — federal spending should be redirected to increase opportunity in America, and where mobility policy needs to go.

Resources:
- Bios (pdf)
- Steuerle slides (pdf)
- How Much Does the Federal Government Spend to Promote Economic Mobility and for Whom? (link)
- U.S. Intragenerational Economic Mobility From 1984 to 2004: Trends and Implications (link)
- Promoting Economic Mobility By Increasing Postsecondary Education (link)
- Renewing the American Dream: A Road Map to Enhancing Economic Mobility in America (pdf)

 

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