Advisory Council & Author

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Robert E. Rubin

Co-Chair, The Council on Foreign Relations; Former U.S. Treasury Secretary

 

Robert E. Rubin began his career in finance at Goldman, Sachs & Company in New York City in 1966.  Mr. Rubin served as Vice-Chairman and Co-Chief Operating Officer from 1987-1990 and as Co-Senior Partner and Co-Chairman from 1990-1992.  Before joining Goldman, he was an attorney at the firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in New York City from 1964-1966.  

Long active in public affairs, Mr. Rubin joined the Clinton Administration in 1993 as Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and as Director of the newly-created National Economic Council.  At the NEC, he coordinated economic policy recommendations to the President and monitored the implementation of the President’s economic policy goals.

In January 1995, Mr. Rubin was appointed as our nation’s 70th Secretary of the Treasury.  He served for 4-1/2 years until July 1999, where he was involved in balancing the federal budget; opening trade policy to further globalization; acting to stem financial crises in Mexico, Asia and Russia; helping to resolve the impasse over the public debt limit; and guiding sensible reforms at the Internal Revenue Service.  

From 1999 to 2009, Mr. Rubin served as a member of the Board of Directors at Citigroup and as a senior advisor to the company.  In that capacity, he worked extensively with the firm’s clients around the world.  

In 2006, Mr. Rubin was one of the founders of The Hamilton Project, an economic policy project housed at the Brookings Institution that offers a strategic vision and innovative policy proposals on how to create a growing economy that benefits more Americans.

Mr. Rubin is the author of In An Uncertain World: Tough Choices from Wall Street to Washington [Random House, 2003, with Jacob Weisberg], which was a New York Times bestseller as well as being named one of Business Week’s ten best business books of the year. 

Mr. Rubin is Co-Chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the Boards of Trustees at the Mount Sinai Health System, and Chairman of the Board of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), which is the nation’s leading community development support organization with 38 offices nationwide.  He recently completed a 12-year term as a member of the Harvard Corporation. Mr. Rubin joined Centerview Partners in 2010 as a counselor of the firm.  In his role at Centerview, he serves as a sounding board and advisor to clients across the firm’s various activities, bringing years of experience in finance and public policy.

Mr. Rubin graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College in 1960 with an A.B. in economics.  He received a L.L.B. from Yale Law School in 1964 and attended the London School of Economics.  He has received honorary degrees from Harvard, Yale, Columbia and other universities.  He was born in New York City in 1938 and is married to Judith Oxenberg Rubin, who served as the New York City Commissioner of Protocol for four years under Mayor David Dinkins. The Rubins have two adult sons, James and Philip.

 


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The Economic Costs of Climate Change - Video

September 22, 2014 • Video

On September 22nd, The Hamilton Project welcomed U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew to deliver keynote remarks on the economics of climate change. Following his remarks, Secretary Lew continued the conversation in a roundtable discussion with former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin, and University of Chicago economist Michael Greenstone. Hamilton Project Director Melissa Kearney opened the forum with welcoming remarks. 
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The Economic Costs of Climate Change - Audio

September 22, 2014 • Audio

On September 22nd, The Hamilton Project welcomed U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew to deliver keynote remarks on the economics of climate change. Following his remarks, Secretary Lew continued the conversation in a roundtable discussion with former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin, and University of Chicago economist Michael Greenstone. Hamilton Project Director Melissa Kearney opened the forum with welcoming remarks. 

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The Economic Costs of Climate Change - Event Photos

September 22, 2014 • Photo Galleries

On September 22nd, The Hamilton Project welcomed U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew to deliver keynote remarks on the economics of climate change. Following his remarks, Secretary Lew continued the conversation in a roundtable discussion with Robert E. Rubin, Co-Chair of the Council on Foreign Relations and former U.S. Treasury Secretary, and Michael Greenstone, The Milton Friedman Professor in Economics and Director of the Energy Policy Institute at Chicago at the University of Chicago. Hamilton Project Director Melissa Kearney opened the forum with welcoming remarks. 
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The Economic Costs of Climate Change

Events • September 22, 2014 • Washington, DC

There is growing public debate over whether, when, and to what extent policymakers should take action to stem climate change. On September 22nd, The Hamilton Project at Brookings will host a forum to explore the economics of climate change, and the potential costs of inaction to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. U.S Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew will give keynote remarks, followed by a roundtable discussion with Robert E. Rubin, Co-Chair of the Council on Foreign Relations and former U.S. Treasury Secretary, and Michael Greenstone, The Milton Friedman Professor in Economics and Director of the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago. 

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Casting the Net: A More Efficient Approach to U.S. Fisheries Management - Audio

September 10, 2014 • Audio

On September 10th, The Hamilton Project released two new papers and hosted a forum to explore opportunities for improving the economic prosperity and long-term sustainability of the U.S. fishing industry. The forum opened with remarks by former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin. A roundtable discussion was held around the new proposal by Christopher Costello of UC Santa Barbara, and included Lee Crockett, Director of U.S. Oceans at the Pew Charitable Trusts; John Mimikakis, Associate Vice President of Oceans at the Environmental Defense Fund; John Pappalardo, Executive Director of the Cape Cod Commercial Fisherman’s Alliance; and Captain Steve Tomeny of Steve Tomeny Charters. Melissa Kearney, Director of The Hamilton Project, moderated the roundtable. 

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Casting the Net: A More Efficient Approach to U.S. Fisheries Management - Video

September 10, 2014 • Video

On September 10th, The Hamilton Project released two new papers and hosted a forum to explore opportunities for improving the economic prosperity and long-term sustainability of the U.S. fishing industry. The forum opened with remarks by former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin. A roundtable discussion was held around the new proposal by Christopher Costello of UC Santa Barbara, and included Lee Crockett, Director of U.S. Oceans at the Pew Charitable Trusts; John Mimikakis, Associate Vice President of Oceans at the Environmental Defense Fund; John Pappalardo, Executive Director of the Cape Cod Commercial Fisherman’s Alliance; and Captain Steve Tomeny of Steve Tomeny Charters. Melissa Kearney, Director of The Hamilton Project, moderated the roundtable. 

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Casting the Net: A More Efficient Approach to U.S. Fisheries Management - Photo Gallery

September 10, 2014 • Photo Galleries

On September 10th, The Hamilton Project released two new papers and hosted a forum to explore opportunities for improving the economic prosperity and long-term sustainability of the U.S. fishing industry. The forum opened with remarks by former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin. A roundtable discussion was held around the new proposal by Christopher Costello of UC Santa Barbara, and included Lee Crockett, Director of U.S. Oceans at the Pew Charitable Trusts; John Mimikakis, Associate Vice President of Oceans at the Environmental Defense Fund; John Pappalardo, Executive Director of the Cape Cod Commercial Fisherman’s Alliance; and Captain Steve Tomeny of Steve Tomeny Charters. Melissa Kearney, Director of The Hamilton Project, moderated the roundtable. 

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Opportunities and Challenges in the U.S. Labor Market - Photo Gallery

July 17, 2014 • Photo Galleries

On July 17th, the President’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) released a new report about the change in labor force participation and how it relates to the underlying demographic, structural, and cyclical trends affecting the labor market. CEA Chairman Jason Furman joined The Hamilton Project for a forum in Washington, DC to discuss the report and the implications these labor force changes have for outstanding challenges like lowering long-term unemployment, raising wages, and expanding the economy's potential. Following Furman’s featured remarks, he was joined by former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin and Princeton University economist Alan Blinder for a roundtable discussion. 

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Opportunities and Challenges in the U.S. Labor Market - Introduction

July 17, 2014 • Video

On July 17th, the President’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) released a new report about the change in labor force participation and how it relates to the underlying demographic, structural and cyclical trends affecting the labor market. CEA Chairman Jason Furman joined The Hamilton Project to discuss the report and the implications these labor force changes have for outstanding challenges like lowering long-term unemployment, raising wages, and expanding the economy's potential. Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin opened the forum.

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Opportunities and Challenges in the U.S. Labor Market - Roundtable Discussion with Blinder, Furman, and Rubin

July 17, 2014 • Video

On July 17th, The Hamilton Project hosted Jason Furman, Chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA), to discuss the release of a new CEA report about the change in labor force participation. Following his featured remarks, Furman was joined by Robert E. Rubin, former U.S. Treasury Secretary, and Alan Blinder, Professor of Economics & Public Affairs at Princeton University and a former Federal Reserve Board Vice Chair, for a roundtable discussion. 
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Opportunities and Challenges in the U.S. Labor Market - Introduction (Audio)

July 17, 2014 • Audio

On July 17th, the President’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) released a new report about the change in labor force participation and how it relates to the underlying demographic, structural and cyclical trends affecting the labor market. CEA Chairman Jason Furman joined The Hamilton Project to discuss the report and the implications these labor force changes have for outstanding challenges like lowering long-term unemployment, raising wages, and expanding the economy's potential. Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin opened the forum.

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Opportunities and Challenges in the U.S. Labor Market - Roundtable Discussion with Blinder, Furman, and Rubin (Audio)

July 17, 2014 • Audio

On July 17th, The Hamilton Project hosted Jason Furman, Chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA), to discuss the release of a new CEA report about the change in labor force participation. Following his featured remarks, Furman was joined by Robert E. Rubin, former U.S. Treasury Secretary, and Alan Blinder, Professor of Economics & Public Affairs at Princeton University and a former Federal Reserve Board Vice Chair, for a roundtable discussion. 

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Addressing America’s Poverty Crisis - Day 1, Welcoming Remarks Audio

June 19, 2014 • Audio

On June 19, The Hamilton Project kicked off a two-day summit bringing together business leaders, policymakers, stakeholders and academics in Washington D.C. to open conversation on Addressing America’s Poverty Crisis. In the opening remarks for the summit, Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin summarized The Hamilton Project’s mission to offer evidence-based policy proposals, and introduced the essential need to provide innovative approaches to overcoming poverty for the enhancement of America.

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Addressing America’s Poverty Crisis - Day 1, Welcoming Remarks

June 19, 2014 • Video

On June 19, The Hamilton Project kicked off a two-day summit bringing together business leaders, policymakers, stakeholders and academics in Washington D.C. to open conversation Addressing America’s Poverty Crisis. In the opening remarks for the summit, Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin summarized The Hamilton Project’s mission to offer evidence-based policy proposals, and introduced the essential need to provide innovative approaches to overcoming poverty for the enhancement of America.

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The Economic and Social Effects of Crime and Mass Incarceration in the United States - Introduction

May 1, 2014 • Audio

On May 1, The Hamilton Project hosted a forum at the National Press Club in Washington, DC focusing on the social and economic consequences of crime and incarceration in the United States. Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin opened the forum with framing remarks on how crime and mass incarceration impact the health of communities, individuals, and families.

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The Economic and Social Effects of Crime and Mass Incarceration in the United States

Events • May 1, 2014 • Washington, DC

On May 1st, The Hamilton Project at Brookings will host a forum and release three new papers focusing on crime and incarceration in the United States. Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin will deliver opening remarks, and Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) will join the forum to discuss the Smarter Sentencing Act of 2014, which was recently passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee with bi-partisan support.

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The Economic and Social Effects of Crime and Mass Incarceration in the United States - Event Photos

May 1, 2014 • Photo Galleries

On May 1, The Hamilton Project hosted a forum focusing on recent trends in crime and mass incarceration in the United States, as well as innovative methods for preventing youth violence. Panel discussants featured leading academic experts and policymakers, including Police Chief Dean Esserman of New Haven; Chief of Staff Cristine DeBerry for the District Attorney in the City and County of San Francisco; Robert Listenbee of the U.S. Department of Justice; Elizabeth Glazer of the Office of Criminal Justice for Mayor Bill de Blasio, among others.

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The Economic and Social Effects of Crime and Mass Incarceration in the United States - Introduction

May 1, 2014 • Video

On May 1, The Hamilton Project hosted a forum at the National Press Club in Washington, DC focusing on the social and economic consequences of crime and incarceration in the United States. Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin opened the forum with framing remarks on how crime and mass incarceration impact the health of communities, individuals, and families.

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Supporting America’s Lower-Middle-Class: Welcome and Panel 1

December 5, 2013 • Video

On Dec. 4th The Hamilton Project hosted a forum to discuss policies to support the struggling lower-middle-class. Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin kicked off the forum with introductory remarks. Kevin Hassett, Senior Fellow and Director of Economic Policy Studies at AEI, and Peter Orszag, former director of the Office of Management & Budget and the Congressional Budget Office, joined Melissa Kearney and Lesley Turner of the University of Maryland to discuss their proposal for a secondary earner tax deduction to help “make work pay” for both spouses in low income families.

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Improving College Outcomes: A Modern Approach to Financing Higher Education

Events • October 21, 2013 • Washington, DC

On October 21st, THP hosted a forum and release three new policy proposals by outside experts focusing on the evolving role of higher education, and how changes in student lending and financial aid policies can help improve college outcomes. Thought leaders in higher education from around the country—including Vassar College President Catharine Bond Hill; LaGuardia Community College President Gail Mellow; University of North Carolina President Thomas Ross; Wesleyan University President Michael Roth; and Brookings’ Brown Center for Education Policy Director Grover “Russ” Whitehurst—joined the discussion to comment on the proposals, and provided their thoughts on the future of higher education in American society.

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Investing in What Works: The Importance of Evidence-Based Policymaking—Panel 2: Using Evidence To Drive Public Dollars Toward What Works

April 18, 2013 • Audio

U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), U.S. Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), and Alan Krueger, Chair of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, joined former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin for a roundtable discussion on the importance of harnessing evidence to improve the effectiveness of federally funded programs.

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Investing in What Works: The Importance of Evidence-Based Policymaking

Events • April 17, 2013 • Washington, DC 20001

On April 17th, The Hamilton Project at Brookings and Results for America, an initiative of America Achieves, co-hosted a forum and released two new papers on the important role of evidence in policymaking. U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), U.S. Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), Alan Krueger, Chair of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, and other distinguished experts participated in roundtable discussions on the proposals and how evidence-based policymaking can improve the effectiveness of federally funded programs.

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Real Specifics: 15 Ways to Rethink the Federal Budget—Part II: Addressing Entitlements, Taxation and Revenues—Introduction

February 28, 2013 • Video

Co-Chair of the Council on Foreign Relations and former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin provided opening remarks at The Hamilton Project's Real Specifics: 15 Ways to Rethink the Federal Budget--Part II: Addressing Entitlements, Taxation and Revenues.

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Real Specifics: 15 Ways to Rethink the Federal Budget—Part I: Budgeting for a Modern Military—Full Audio

February 22, 2013 • Audio

On February 22nd, The Hamilton Project at Brookings hosted a forum and released new proposals on ways to create greater efficiency in the U.S. defense budget while maintaining our national security. Former Treasury Secretary gave opening remarks before retired four-star Admiral Gary Roughead, a former chief of Naval Operations; Kori Schake, a reserach fellow at the Hoover Institution; and Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Cindy Williams, a former assistant director of the Congressional Budget Office, offered two new proposals for reducing future defense budgets. The authors were joined by former Deputy Secretary of Defense John Deutch, former Undersecretary for Defense Michèle Flournoy, and former Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sam Nunn (D-Ga.) for a roundtable discussion on the new proposals, and a broader discussion around the dynamics of ongoing defense budget negotiations.  Following the roundtable, the panelists took audience questions.

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Real Specifics: 15 Ways to Rethink the Federal Budget—Part I: Budgeting for a Modern Military—Photo Gallery

February 22, 2013 • Photo Galleries

THP’s two-part budget series kicked off on Feb. 22nd with a forum on the defense budget, which included a lively roundtable discussion with Fmr. Sen. Sam Nunn (D-GA), Adm. Gary Roughead (USN Ret.) and other distinguished experts.

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Real Specifics:  15 Ways to Rethink the Federal Budget—Part I:  Budgeting for a Modern Military

Events • February 22, 2013 • Washington, DC

On February 22nd, The Hamilton Project at Brookings hosted  a forum and released new proposals on ways to create greater efficiency in the U.S. defense budget while maintaining our national security. Retired four-star Admiral Gary Roughead, a former chief of Naval Operations; Kori Schake, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution; and Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Cindy Williams, a former assistant director of the Congressional Budget Office, offered two new proposals for reducing future defense budgets.

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Back to School:  Promoting Attainment and Achievement in K-12 Education - Welcome and Introductions

September 27, 2012 • Audio

Robert E. Rubin, Co-Chair of the Council on Foreign Relations and former U.S. Treasury Secretary, gives opening remarks at Back to School: Promoting Attainment and Achievement in K-12 Education.

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Back to School:  Promoting Attainment and Achievement in K-12 Education - Welcome and Introductions

September 27, 2012 • Video

Robert E. Rubin, Co-Chair of the Council on Foreign Relations and former U.S. Treasury Secretary, gives opening remarks at Back to School: Promoting Attainment and Achievement in K-12 Education.

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Back to School:  Promoting Attainment and Achievement in K-12 Education

Events • September 27, 2012 • Washington, DC

On September 27th, The Hamilton Project at Brookings hosted a forum to discuss new approaches to promoting attainment and achievement in K-12 education.  The event included featured remarks by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, highlighting recent progress on education reform, the difficult work still ahead, and the need for innovation to help advance reform efforts. 

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New Directions for U.S. Energy Policy: A Hamilton Project Forum at Stanford University - Event Photos

June 13, 2012 • Photo Galleries

The U.S. energy system is benefiting from an unprecedented increase in North American supplies of natural gas and petroleum.  These changes are strengthening our economy and altering the relationships between our energy choices and health, climate change, and national security.  At the same time, there is tremendous hope that innovation in the energy sector will identify new solutions to these problems. On June 13th, The Hamilton Project at Brookings held an event at Stanford University to explore how best to manage these opportunities while achieving our long-term energy and environmental goals.

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New Directions for U.S. Energy Policy: A Hamilton Project Forum at Stanford University

Events • June 13, 2012 • Stanford, CA

The U.S. energy system is benefiting from an unprecedented increase in North American supplies of natural gas and petroleum.  These changes are strengthening our economy and altering the relationships between our energy choices and health, climate change, and national security.  On June 13th, The Hamilton Project at Brookings held an event at Stanford University to explore how to best manage these opportunities while achieving our long-term energy and environmental goals.
 

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New Directions for U.S. Energy Policy - Welcome: Sheryl Sandberg and Introduction: Robert E. Rubin

June 13, 2012 • Video

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and Robert E. Rubin, Co-Chair of the Council on Foreign Relations and former U.S. Treasury Secretary, give opening remarks at the New Directions for U.S. Energy Policy: A Hamilton Project Forum at Stanford University event.

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New Directions for U.S. Energy Policy - Introduction: Robert E. Rubin

June 13, 2012 • Audio

Co-Chair of the Council on Foreign Relations and former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin gives introductions and the roadmap of the day at the New Directions for U.S. Energy Policy: A Hamilton Project Forum at Stanford University event.
 

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U.S. Immigration Policy - Welcome and Introductions

May 15, 2012 • Video

Former Treasury Secretary and Hamilton Project Advisory Council member Robert E. Rubin welcomes the crowd at The Hamilton Project event "U.S. Immigration Policy: The Border Between Reform and the Economy."

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U.S. Immigration Policy - Welcome and Introductions

May 15, 2012 • Audio

Former Treasury Secretary and Hamilton Project Advisory Council member Robert E. Rubin welcomes the crowd at The Hamilton Project event "U.S. Immigration Policy: The Border Between Reform and the Economy."

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U.S. Immigration Policy: The Border Between Reform and the Economy Photos

May 15, 2012 • Photo Galleries

On May 15, The Hamilton Project at Brookings held a forum exploring the challenges and opportunities for immigration reform in today’s political and economic climate.  Cecilia Muñoz, Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, gave featured remarks on the Obama Administration’s efforts to reform America’s broken immigration system and why that is an economic imperative.

In the first panel, UC Davis Economist Giovanni Peri presented a new proposal for a market-based approach to immigration reform.  A panel of experts representing a range of perspectives discussed details of the proposal.  A second panel of thought leaders discussed many of the broader issues surrounding today’s immigration reform debate.  Participants included: former U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE), Silver Lake Co-Founder Glenn Hutchins, National Council of La Raza President and CEO Janet Murguía, and UNITE HERE President John Wilhelm. 

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U.S. Immigration Policy:  The Border Between Reform and the Economy

Events • May 15, 2012 • Washington, DC 20045

America’s immigration policy no longer serves the needs of our fast-changing global economy.   Failure to address immigration reform at the national level has resulted in missed opportunities to spur America’s economic growth and productivity.  On May 15, The Hamilton Project held a forum exploring the challenges and opportunities for immigration reform in today’s political and economic climate. 

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Economic Facts About Taxes: Rates, Revenues and Reform Options Photos

May 3, 2012 • Photo Galleries

On May 3, The Hamilton Project hosted a policy forum on the economic context for tax reform and the economic criteria that should be used when evaluating tax reform options.  As part of the event, the Project released a new policy memo, “A Dozen Facts About Tax Reform,” to help shed light on various aspects of the reform debate. Following opening remarks, former Council of Economic Advisers Chair Martin Feldstein and Lawrence H. Summers, former Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and former U.S. Treasury Secretary, discussed the broad economic case for tax reform. A second panel of experts debatde key principles for a successful tax reform effort, drawing from a range of experiences.  Participants included Business Roundtable President and former Michigan Governor John Engler; Center for American Progress Chair and Counselor John Podesta; NBER President and CEO James Poterba; and Brookings Senior Fellow Alice Rivlin.  After each panel, the speakers took audience questions.

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Economic Facts About Taxes: Welcome, Overview of “A Dozen Facts About Tax Reform,” and Roundtable: The Economic Case for Tax Reform

May 3, 2012 • Audio

Former Treasury Secretary and Hamilton Project Advisory Council member Robert E. Rubin welcomes the crowd at the event "Economic Facts About Taxes: Rates, Revenues and Reform Options," followed by an overview of “A Dozen Facts About Tax Reform" by Hamilton Project Policy Director Adam Looney.  Economics Editor of The Economist Zanny Minton Beddoes then moderates a discussion on the broad economic case for tax reform with former Council of Economic Advisers Chair Martin Feldstein and Lawrence H. Summers, former Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and former U.S. Treasury Secretary.
 

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Economic Facts About Taxes: Welcome and Introductions

May 3, 2012 • Video

Former Treasury Secretary and Hamilton Project Advisory Council member Robert E. Rubin welcomes the crowd at the event "Economic Facts About Taxes: Rates, Revenues and Reform Options."

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Economic Facts About Taxes: Rates, Revenues and Reform Options

Events • May 3, 2012 • Washington, DC

Fiscal issues will rapidly come to the fore next fall as the federal government faces the looming expiration of the Bush-era tax cuts, the onset of the deficit “trigger,” and another debate on the debt limit. Across the political spectrum, one of the few points on which today’s policymakers can agree is that the tax code is in desperate need of reform. On May 3, The Hamilton Project hosted a policy forum on the economic context for tax reform and the economic criteria that should be used when evaluating tax reform options. 

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Training America’s Workforce for the Future: Welcome and Moderated Discussion: Human Capital, Economic Growth, and Job Creation in the New Millennium

November 30, 2011 • Audio

Former Treasury Secretary and Hamilton Project Advisory Council member Robert E. Rubin welcomes the crowd at the event "Training America’s Workforce for the Future: New Policies to Boost Employment and Wages."  He then leads a moderated discussion with White House Council of Economic Advisers Chair Alan B. Krueger.

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Training America’s Workforce for the Future: New Policies to Boost Employment and Wages Photos

November 30, 2011 • Photo Galleries

The Hamilton Project at Brookings held forum and released new policy proposals on training programs geared toward the needs of today’s workforce.  In a rapidly- changing global economy, the skills of some workers have become less valuable, while other skills are in short supply.  By collaborating with industry partners and drawing on evidence about what works, training programs can better prepare workers for jobs in growing industries. A diverse group of policy leaders, stakeholders and training experts participated in the forum to share a range of perspectives, including White House Council of Economic Advisers Chair Alan Krueger, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and Siemens President and CEO Eric Spiegel.

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Training America’s Workforce for the Future: New Policies to Boost Employment and Wages

Events • November 30, 2011 • Washington, DC

On November 30, The Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution held a forum and released new policy proposals on training programs geared toward the needs of today’s workforce.  In a rapidly changing global economy, the skills of some workers have become obsolete while other skills are in short supply.  By collaborating with industry partners and using evidence about what works, training programs can better prepare workers for jobs with high-demand, both now and in the future.

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Training America’s Workforce for the Future: Welcome and Announcement of 2011 Hamilton Project Policy Innovation Prize Winner

November 30, 2011 • Video

Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin welcomes the crowd and presents Harry J. Holzer with the 2011 Hamilton Project Policy Innovation Prize at the event "Training America’s Workforce for the Future: New Policies to Boost Employment and Wages."

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Promoting K-12 Education to Advance Student Achievement Photos

September 27, 2011 • Photo Galleries

On September 27, The Hamilton Project at Brookings helda forum to highlight new policy ideas and perspectives on how to improve student performance in K-12 education.  The program concluded with a discussion on the path forward in education reform with Teach for America Founder and CEO Wendy Kopp and American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, moderated by David Leonhardt, D.C. bureau chief of the New York Times.

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Promoting K-12 Education to Advance Student Achievement

Events • September 27, 2011 • Washington, DC

On September 27, The Hamilton Project at Brookings held a forum to highlight new policy ideas and perspectives on how to improve student performance in K-12 education.  The program concluded with a discussion on the path forward in education reform with Teach for America Founder and CEO Wendy Kopp and American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, moderated by David Leonhardt, D.C. bureau chief of the New York Times.

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Promoting K-12 Education: Introduction and Panel I: The Power and Pitfalls of Education Incentives

September 27, 2011 • Audio

Hamilton Project Advisory Council member Robert E. Rubin welcomes the crowd at the event "Promoting K-12 Education to Advance Student Achievement," and Advisory Council member Roger C. Altman provides an overview of a new strategy paper. Hamilton Project Director Michael Greenstone moderates a panel discussion between Harvard University Professor and EdLabs CEO Roland Fryer, former Superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Peter Gorman, New Visions for Public Schools President Robert L. Hughes, and United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew.

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Promoting K-12 Education: Introduction and Panel I: The Power and Pitfalls of Education Incentives

September 27, 2011 • Video

Hamilton Project Advisory Council member Robert E. Rubin welcomes the crowd at the event "Promoting K-12 Education to Advance Student Achievement," and Advisory Council member Roger C. Altman provides an overview of a new strategy paper. Hamilton Project Director Michael Greenstone moderates a panel discussion between Harvard University Professor and EdLabs CEO Roland Fryer, former Superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Peter Gorman, New Visions for Public Schools President Robert L. Hughes, and United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew.

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PhDs, Policies, and Patents:  Innovation and America’s Future

Events • June 28, 2011 • Washington, DC

What new breakthrough sciences and technologies are next on the horizon for the U.S. economy, and what role can policy play in creating a positive environment to promote innovative developments? On June 28, The Hamilton Project at Brookings hosted a forum on the future of innovation in the United States which explored the challenges to, and opportunities for, furthering advancements to create jobs and spur economic growth.

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PhDs, Policies, and Patents: Welcome and The State of Scientific America

June 28, 2011 • Video

Robert E. Rubin opens the Hamilton Project event PhDs, Policies, and Patents: Innovation and America’s Future. CNN Science Correspondent Ann Kellan moderates the first panel, a conversation between National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins and MIT Professor Angela Belcher on innovation and advancements in American science.

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PhDs, Policies, and Patents: Innovation and America’s Future Photos

June 28, 2011 • Photo Galleries

Innovation and invention drive the American economy, from the light bulb and mass production of automobiles to more recent advances like the smartphone and the coordinated effort to map the human genome. But what new breakthrough sciences and technologies are next on the horizon, and what role can U.S. policy play in creating a positive environment to promote innovative developments? On Tuesday, June 28, The Hamilton Project at Brookings hosted a forum on the future of innovation in the United States — exploring the challenges to, and opportunities for, furthering advancements to create jobs and spur economic growth.

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America’s Energy Future: Panel 2: The Future of Energy and Climate Change Policy

May 18, 2011 • Audio

Full audio from Panel 2: "The Future of Energy and Climate Change Policy" at the event America’s Energy Future: New Solutions to Fuel Economic Growth and Prosperity.

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America’s Energy Future: Welcome and Panel 1: New Policies for a Cleaner Economy

May 18, 2011 • Audio

Full audio from Welcome and Panel 1: "New Policies for a Cleaner Economy" at the event America’s Energy Future: New Solutions to Fuel Economic Growth and Prosperity.

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America’s Energy Future: New Solutions to Fuel Economic Growth and Prosperity

Events • May 18, 2011 • Washington, DC

America’s current energy system poses long-term threats to national security, health, and the environment. On May 18, The Hamilton Project hosted a forum on America’s energy future, focusing on strategies to give all energy sources equal footing in the marketplace and expand America’s opportunities to utilize cleaner, low-cost sources of energy. 

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America’s Energy Future: New Solutions to Fuel Economic Growth and Prosperity Photos

May 18, 2011 • Photo Galleries

The recent climb in gasoline prices to $4 per gallon is the latest headwind facing the U.S. economy. In addition to this threat to economic growth, America’s current energy system poses long-term threats to national security, health, and the environment. On May 18, The Hamilton Project hosted a forum on America’s energy future, focusing on strategies to give all energy sources equal footing in the marketplace and expand America’s opportunities to utilize cleaner, low-cost sources of energy.

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State Roads to Economic Recovery: Policies, Pavements, and Partnerships

Events • February 25, 2011 • Washington, DC

The Hamilton Project and the Metropolitan Policy Program held a forum focused on state strategies that can help close budget deficits while also growing state economies and creating much-needed jobs. As part of the event, The Hamilton Project released three new policy papers, as well as a strategy paper, focused on helping state and local governments invest more efficiently in infrastructure to ensure long-term economic competitiveness. 

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State Roads to Economic Recovery Event Photos

February 25, 2011 • Photo Galleries

The Hamilton Project and the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings hosted a forum on state strategies that can help close budget deficits while also growing state economies and creating much-needed jobs.

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Robert Rubin’s Opening Remarks and Panel on Proposals for Improving Skills and Creating Jobs

December 3, 2010 • Video

Council on Foreign Relations Co-Chair and former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin's opening remarks and panel on proposals for improving skills and creating jobs at The Future of American Jobs, Part II Hamilton Project and Center for American Progress event.

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The Future of American Jobs, Part II: Event Photos

December 3, 2010 • Photo Galleries

On December 3, The Hamilton Project and the Center for American Progress hosted the second of two conferences addressing the long-term challenges of creating quality jobs in the United States, and preparing American workers for the jobs of the future. U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis joined former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin, Center for American Progress President and CEO John Podesta, former House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt, business leader and philanthropist Penny Pritzker, Nobel Laureate Michael Spence, and other experts in a two-panel discussion on the future of American jobs.

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The Future of American Jobs, Part II

Events • December 3, 2010 • Washington, DC

The Hamilton Project and the Center for American Progress hosted the second of two conferences addressing the long-term challenges of creating quality jobs in the United States and preparing American workers for those jobs of the future. As part of the event, The Hamilton Project and the Center for American Progress released three targeted policy proposals by outside scholars to deal with the long-term challenges associated with the new global economy.

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Hard Times, Solid Policies to Renew American Communities: Event Photos

October 13, 2010 • Photo Galleries

On October 13, Governor Jennifer Granholm joined former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin, Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, New York City Deputy Mayor Steve Goldsmith, and other experts in a Hamilton Project forum focused on policy solutions for renewing American communities.The Hamilton Project released a strategy paper and three new proposals that provide a range of options for helping communities and workers recover from recent economic shocks.

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Hard Times, Solid Policies to Renew American Communities

Events • October 13, 2010 • Washington, DC

Governor Jennifer Granholm (D-Mich.) joined former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin, Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, New York City Deputy Mayor Steve Goldsmith, and other experts in a Hamilton Project forum focused on policy solutions for renewing American communities. The Hamilton Project released a strategy paper and three new proposals that provide a range of options for helping communities and workers recover from recent economic shocks.
 

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Robert E. Rubin Moderates Discussion on Perspectives from the Front Lines of American Communities

October 13, 2010 • Video

Council on Foreign Relations Co-Chair and Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin moderates discussion on perspectives from the front lines of American communities at the Hard Times, Solid Policies to Renew American Communities Hamilton Project event.

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Crossing Borders: From Myth to Sound Immigration Policy: Event Photos

September 28, 2010 • Photo Galleries

The Hamilton Project hosted a forum focused on the economics of immigration. A panel of economic experts helped distinguish economic reality from myth in the current debate — with particular regard to the impact of immigration on the wages of middle-class and lower-income workers, the living standards of Americans, and the demand for, and availability of, visas for highly skilled workers.

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Crossing Borders: From Myth to Sound Immigration Policy

Events • September 28, 2010 • Washington, DC

The Hamilton Project hosted a forum focused on the economics of immigration. A panel of economic experts helped distinguish economic reality from myth in the current debate, with particular regard to the impact of immigration on the wages of middle-class and lower-income workers; the living standards of Americans; and the demand for, and availability of, visas for highly skilled workers.

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Robert Rubin’s Opening Remarks and Panel Discussion on the Economic Evidence on Immigration

September 28, 2010 • Video

Council on Foreign Relations Co-Chair and former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin opens the Hamilton Project event Crossing Borders: From Myth to Sound Immigration Policy. Hamilton Project Director Michael Greenstone moderates panel discussion on the economic evidence on immigration.

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John Podesta and Robert Rubin Give Opening Remarks at The Future of American Jobs

April 30, 2010 • Video

Center for American Progress President and Chief Executive Officer John Podesta and Council on Foreign Relations Co-Chair and Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin give opening remarks at The Future of American Jobs event, co-sponsored by the Center for American Progress and The Hamilton Project.

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The Future of American Jobs

Events • April 30, 2010 • Washington, DC

The Hamilton Project partnered with the Center for American Progress to host a forum on the country’s employment situation. The event featured a discussion with New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and NEC director Lawrence H. Summers, moderated by PBS host Charlie Rose.

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Federal Debt as a Percentage of GDP

April 20, 2010 • Charts

Federal debt as a percentage of GDP continues to grow in the aftermath of the Great Recession.

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Nonemployment to Population Ratios, Ages 25-54 by Gender

April 20, 2010 • Charts

This figure from the 2010 Hamilton Project strategy paper "From Recession to Recovery to Renewal" illustrates changes in the male and female nonemployment to population ratio between 1945 and 2010. 

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U.S. Income Inequality: Median and 95th Percentile Household Income, 1975-2008

April 20, 2010 • Charts

Between 1975 and 2008, income inequality in the United States has risen, with households in the 95th percentile of income making disproportionate gains.  

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Historical GDP per Capita and Three Potential Future Growth Scenarios

April 20, 2010 • Charts

Three different GDP growth scenarios show potential growth scenarios for the next twenty years.

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From Recession to Recovery to Renewal: Event Photos

April 20, 2010 • Photo Galleries

Photos from From Recession to Recovery to Renewal event, which featured Vice President Joe Biden, former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin, former Deputy Secretary Roger C. Altman, and U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and kicked off the The Hamilton Project’s 2010 agenda.

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From Recession to Recovery to Renewal: Panel Two: Opportunities and Challenges for the U.S. Economy

April 20, 2010 • Audio

Full audio of Panel Two: "Opportunities and Challenges for the U.S. Economy" from the event From Recession to Recovery to Renewal

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From Recession to Recovery to Renewal: Welcome by Robert E. Rubin and Opening Remarks by Michael Greenstone

April 20, 2010 • Audio

Full audio of the Welcome by Robert E. Rubin and Opening Remarks by Michael Greenstone from the event From Recession to Recovery to Renewal

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Robert Rubin on the Economic Agenda for Growth

April 20, 2010 • Video

Acknowledging the terrible toll from the Great Recession and unsustainable fiscal deficits, Council on Foreign Relations Co-Chair and Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin says that The Hamilton Project is outlining an economic agenda for growth that will require difficult decisions and hard trade offs at the From Recession to Recovery to Renewal Hamilton Project event..

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From Recession to Recovery to Renewal

Events • April 20, 2010 • Washington, DC

Vice President Joe Biden gave the keynote speech at a forum to kick-off The Hamilton Project’s 2010 policy agenda. The event featured two roundtable discussions to highlight innovative policy ideas and the more general challenges facing the U.S. economy.

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From Recession to Recovery to Renewal: An Economic Strategy to Achieve Broadly Shared Growth

Papers • April 2010 • Roger C. Altman, Michael Greenstone, Robert E. Rubin

This paper argues that we must confront the challenges that pose a greater risk to our long-run prosperity than the Great Recession. America’s future growth requires reprioritizing expenditures toward increasing workforce productivity, innovation and infrastructure, savings, and government effectiveness.

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Robert Rubin Says the Steep Costs of Health Care Are a Threat to American Competitiveness

June 9, 2009 • Video

Council on Foreign Relations Co-Chair and Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin says the steep costs of health care are affecting American competitiveness and are a threat to the country's economic future at  the Implementing Comparative Effectiveness Research: Priorities, Methods, and Impact Hamilton Project and Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform event.

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Implementing Comparative Effectiveness Research: Priorities, Methods, and Impact: Event Photos

June 9, 2009 • Photo Galleries

Photos from a forum hosted by The Hamilton Project and the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform addressed many of the key questions surrounding CER and feature remarks from Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag.

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Implementing Comparative Effectiveness Research: Priorities, Methods, and Impact

Events • June 9, 2009 • Washington, DC

The Project co-hosted a forum with the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform to address the key questions surrounding comparative effectiveness research. The event featured remarks from Sen. Max Baucus and former Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag.

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From Prison to Work: Overcoming Barriers to Reentry: Event Photos

December 5, 2008 • Photo Galleries

The Hamilton Project hosted a policy discussion on the challenges of prisoner reentry featuring a keynote address by U.S. Senator Jim Webb (D-Va.). The event also featured a policy roundtable with a diverse group of experts on the need for a national prisoner reentry strategy.
 

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Robert Rubin on the Economic Importance of Employment for Former Inmates

December 5, 2008 • Video

Council on Foreign Relations Co-Chair and Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin says putting former inmates into productive jobs is an important economic issue at the From Prison to Work: Overcoming Barriers to Reentry Hamilton Project Event.

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From Prison to Work: Overcoming Barriers to Reentry

December 5, 2008 • Audio

Full audio from the event From Prison to Work: Overcoming Barriers to Reentry

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From Prison to Work: Overcoming Barriers to Reentry

Events • December 5, 2008 • Washington, DC

The Hamilton Project hosted a policy discussion on the challenges of prisoner reentry that featured a keynote address by U.S. Senator Jim Webb (D-Va.). The event also featured a policy roundtable with a diverse group of experts on the need for a national prisoner reentry strategy.

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The Future of Housing and Credit Markets Panel One: Reforming Low-Income Housing Assistance

September 23, 2008 • Audio

Full audio of Panel One: "Reforming Low-Income Housing Assistance" from the event The Future of Housing and Credit Markets

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The Future of Housing and Credit Markets: Event Photos

September 23, 2008 • Photo Galleries

The Hamilton Project released new discussion papers and hosted panel discussions on housing and credit markets.  The first panel explored ways to reform low-income housing assistance, while the second focused on innovative mortgage ideas to help protect consumers. The final panel featured a high-level discussion on the state of the housing and financial markets.

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The Future of Housing and Credit Markets: Panel Three: The State of Housing and Financial Markets

September 23, 2008 • Audio

Full audio of Panel Three: "The State of Housing and Financial Markets" from the event The Future of Housing and Credit Markets

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The Future of Housing and Credit Markets: Panel Two: New Mortgage Ideas

September 23, 2008 • Audio

Full audio of Panel Two: "New Mortgage Ideas" from the event The Future of Housing and Credit Markets

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The Future of Housing and Credit Markets

Events • September 23, 2008 • Washington, DC

The Project released new discussion papers and hosted panel discussions on housing and credit markets.  The first panel explored ways to reform low-income housing assistance, while the second focused on innovative mortgage ideas to help protect consumers.

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Path to Prosperity

Papers • September 2008 • Roger C. Altman, Michael Greenstone, Robert E. Rubin

Today, too many Americans are not fully sharing in our nation’s prosperity. This paper outlines the ways in which promoting economic growth, broad-based participation in growth, and economic security can be mutually reinforcing policy objectives.

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Govenor Tim Kaine, Robert Rubin, and Lawrence Summers on Infrastructure Investment

July 25, 2008 • Video

Then-Governor Tim Kaine (D-Va.) joins former U.S. Treasury Secretaries Robert E. Rubin and Lawrence H. summers in panel discussion at the Investing in America’s Infrastructure: From Bridges to Broadband Hamilton Project event.

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Investing in America’s Infrastructure: From Bridges to Broadband: Event Photos

July 25, 2008 • Photo Galleries

Governor Tim Kaine joined Robert E. Rubin and Lawrence H. Summers in the opening session of a Hamilton Project public forum on the need for a national strategy that promotes infrastructure as a central component of long-term, broadly shared growth.

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Robert Rubin on Investing in America’s Infrastructure

July 25, 2008 • Video

Robert Rubin gives opening remarks and discusses the importance of investing in America's infrastructure at the Investing in America’s Infrastructure: From Bridges to Broadband Hamilton Project event.

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Investing in America’s Infrastructure: From Bridges to Broadband

Events • July 25, 2008 • Washington, DC

Governor Tim Kaine joined Robert E. Rubin and Lawrence H. Summers in the opening session of a Hamilton Project public forum on the need for a national strategy that promotes infrastructure as a central component of long-term, broadly shared growth.

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Robert Rubin on Changes in the Global Economy

April 14, 2008 • Video

Council on Foreign Relations Co-Chair and Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin on the necessity to change the infrastructure of the global economy at the Economic Growth Strategies for Developing Countries in an Era of Global Uncertainty Hamilton Project and Commission on Growth & Development event.

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Economic Growth Strategies for Developing Countries in an Era of Global Uncertainty: Event Photos

April 14, 2008 • Photo Galleries

Together with the Commission on Growth & Development Commission, the Hamilton Project hosted a policy roundtable on the role of economic growth in reducing poverty in developing nations. A panel of experts discussed policies to help developing nations move forward in this era of global uncertainty.

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Economic Growth Strategies for Developing Countries in an Era of Global Uncertainty

April 14, 2008 • Audio

Economic Growth Strategies for Developing Countries in an Era of Global Uncertainty full event audio

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Economic Growth Strategies for Developing Countries in an Era of Global Uncertainty

Events • April 14, 2008 • Washington, DC

Together with the Commission on Growth & Development, The Hamilton Project hosted a policy roundtable on the role of economic growth in reducing poverty in developing nations. A panel of experts discussed policies to help developing nations move forward in this era of global uncertainty.

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