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Then-Senator Obama at The Hamilton Project's launch event, "Restoring America’s Promise of Opportunity, Prosperity and Growth".
Vice President Biden delivered keynote remarks during THP’s forum, “Expanding Employment Opportunities.”
The Honorable Bill Clinton, Founder of the Clinton Global Initiative and 42nd President of the United States, delivered keynote remarks during THP's event "Addressing America's Poverty Crisis".
Sheryl Sandberg, of Facebook and LeanIn.Org, participated in a fireside chat during a joint THP, LeanIn.Org and Stanford Law School forum on “Policies to Promote Women’s Economic Opportunity.”
Neel Kashkari, President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, Jared Bernstein of CBPP, and CNBC’s Ylan Mui participated in a roundtable discussion during THP’s forum, “How to Get American Workers A Raise: Policies to Revitalize Wage Growth.
U.S. Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates and MSNBC’s Ari Melber participated in a fireside chat during THP’s forum on “Second Chances through Successful Reentry.”
Arthur Brooks, President, American Enterprise Institute, delivered opening remarks during a joint THP and AEI forum on “The Vital Role of Government Statistics: Strengthening Research, Governance, and Innovation.”
Kevin Hassett, Chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers and Greg Ip of The Wall Journal participated in a fireside chat during a THP forum on “Advancing U.S. Innovation by Reforming Patent and R&D Policy.”
Diane Schanzenbach of The Hamilton Project moderates a panel on “What’s at Stake for Civil Rights & Criminal Justice” with Roy L. Austin of The White House; Vanita Gupta, Karol Mason and Ronald Davis of the U.S. DOJ; and Jenny Yang of the U.S. EEOC.

The Hamilton Project offers a strategic vision and produces innovative policy proposals on how to create a growing economy that benefits more Americans. The Project’s strategy reflects a judgment that long-term prosperity is best achieved by fostering economic growth and broad participation in that growth, by enhancing individual economic security, and by embracing a role for effective government in making needed public investments.

Who We Are

Launched in 2006 as an economic policy initiative at the Brookings Institution, The Hamilton Project is guided by an Advisory Council of academics, business leaders, and former public policy makers. The Project provides a platform for a broad range of leading economic thinkers to inject innovative and pragmatic policy options into the national debate. The Project offers proposals rooted in evidence and experience, not doctrine and ideology, and brings those ideas to bear on policy debates in relevant and effective ways.


Our History

The Hamilton Project was launched in April 2006 as an economic policy initiative at the Brookings Institution by a unique combination of leading academics, business people, and public policy makers who wanted to develop a serious, systematic strategy to address the challenges that our economy faces. In support of this broad strategy, the Project puts forward innovative ideas from leading economic thinkers across the country to inject new, sometimes controversial policy options into the national economic debate. Then-Senator Barack Obama spoke at the launch and called the Project “the sort of breath of fresh air that I think this town needs.”

From its first strategy paper, the Project set forth a clear policy path to promote our nation’s economic health, a strategy based on three interrelated principles: that economic growth must be broad-based to be strong and sustainable over the long term; that economic security and economic growth can be mutually reinforcing; and that an effective government can improve economic performance. These ideas, especially in combination, offer a strikingly different vision from the economic policies that contributed to the alarming trends in rising income inequality and a mounting federal deficit.

Since its launch, the Hamilton Project has released dozens of papers, hosted events for thousands of attendees, and published two books — all on a wide range of issues, from economic security, to energy, to health care. With groundbreaking papers and thought-provoking public events, the Project continues to make an immediate impact in policy-making circles.

The Hamilton Project is led by Jay Shambaugh, who is also a professor of economics and international affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University. Shambaugh follows a prestigious group of former directors, all of whom have played significant roles in public service. The founding director of The Hamilton Project was Peter R. Orszag, who went on to become director of the Congressional Budget Office and then director of the White House Office of Management and Budget. The following director was Jason Furman, who subsequently served as chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers and is now a professor of the practice of economic policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. Douglas W. Elmendorf, who subsequently directed the Congressional Budget Office and is now Dean of the Kennedy School at Harvard University, was the third director. Michael Greenstone, the Milton Friedman Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago and a former chief economist for the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, and Melissa S. Kearney, professor of Economics at the University of Maryland were the fourth and fifth directors, respectively. Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach served as the sixth Hamilton Project director, and she is currently the Margaret Walker Alexander Professor of Human Development and Social Policy and director of the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University.


Our Name

The Project is named after Alexander Hamilton, the nation’s first Treasury Secretary, who laid the foundation for the modern American economy. An immigrant born into poverty and self-schooled in his early years, Hamilton symbolizes the traditional American values of opportunity and upward mobility that motivate the Project’s work. He fostered the nation’s capital markets, encouraged commerce, and stood for sound fiscal policy.

The guiding principles of the Project are consistent with Hamilton’s belief that broad-based opportunity for advancement drives American economic growth. Furthermore, Hamilton recognized not only the substantial power of markets to deliver economic growth, but also the need for “prudent aids and encouragements on the part of government” to enhance and guide market forces. Hamilton was the first architect of American prosperity and is an apt symbol for what we are trying to do in our time.