Task Forces & Poverty Labs

The moment for undertaking such an initiative could not be more urgent in light of our faltering economy and growing unemployment, the spectacular rise in inequality, and an emerging interest among political and intellectual opinion leaders in forging new poverty and inequality policy that addresses these harsh realities. The Collaborative Initiative will tap the vast intellectual resources of both institutions, offer trans-continental reach, and leverage the combined convening power of both institutions to offer a national stage for not only studying the problems of poverty, social mobility, and opportunity in America but also influencing how those problems are attacked and solved...

We hope to encourage a wide-ranging dialogue that extends beyond the gap between rich and poor to include the problems of economic insecurity, the challenge of social cohesion in an increasingly diverse society, and ultimately, the quality of American democracy.

TASK FORCE UPDATE:

Recession Task Force

It is widely acknowledged that the current recession, often dubbed the Great Recession, has been the deepest and most challenging economic downturn since the Great Depression. Although there has been much discussion of the causes of the fiscal crisis and subsequent downturn, we know surprisingly little so far about its social and economic impact and how that impact is being borne by different population groups. Who, for example, is most likely to be unemployed, to face foreclosure, to go into debt, to cut back on basic consumption items (e.g., healthy food), or to fall into poverty? Read more...

TASK FORCE UPDATE:

Executive Pay

There is no topic more central right now in American debates about inequality than executive compensation. It is therefore important to carry out a careful, deliberate, and informed analysis of how, if at all, America’s executive compensation system might be reformed. Read more...

TASK FORCE UPDATE:

Poverty and Stress

There are real political hurdles that in the U.S. context make it difficult to take on poverty in any concerted way, and one might therefore focus additionally on measures that reduce the negative effects of poverty among those experiencing it.  Read more...