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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On Dec. 4th The Hamilton Project hosted a forum to discuss policies to support the struggling lower-middle-class. In the second panel, Joel Berg, Executive Director of the NYC Coalition Against Hunger; James Ziliak, Director of the Center for Poverty Research at the University of Kentucky; and Robert Greenstein, President of the Center on Budget & Policy Priorities, joined Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach of Northwestern University to discuss her proposal to strengthen the food stamp (SNAP) program.
On Dec. 4th The Hamilton Project hosted a forum on policies to support the struggling lower-middle-class. To wrap up the event, Jason Furman, Chair of the President's Council of Economic Advisers, talked with the New York Time's David Leonhardt about opportunities to support lower-middle-class families.
Improving College Outcomes: A Modern Approach to Financing Higher Education—Introduction and Panel 1
Following welcoming remarks by Evercore Founder and Chairman Roger Altman, Vassar College's Catharine Bond Hill, Wellesley College's Phillip Levine, Laguardia Community College's Gail Mellow, Urban Institute's Sandy Baum, and Columbia University's Judith Scott-Clayton joined a roundtable discussion moderated by The Hamilton Project's Melissa Kearney on restructuring our approach to financial aid.
University of Michigan's Susan Dynarski, Princeton University's Greg Kaplan, Vassar College's Catharine Bond Hill, and the Brookings Institution's Grover "Russ" Whitehurst joined a panel discussion moderated by MIT's Michael Greenstone on making borrowing work for today’s students through income-contingent repayment.
Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin moderated a panel discussion on the role of education with University of Texas Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa, Wesleyan University President Michael Roth, and University of North Carolina President Thomas Ross at The Hamilton Project's recent event, "Improving College Outcomes: A Modern Approach to Financing Higher Education."
Following remarks by former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin, Caroline Hoxby of Stanford University presented a new proposal that outlines a strategy for targeting and reaching low-income, high-achieving students and providing them with the information necessary to help facilitate their application to selective colleges. William Fitzsimmons of Harvard College, Nicole Farmer Hurd of the National College Advising Corps, and Robert Gordon of The Brookings Institution joined a roundtable discussion on the proposal, moderated by Hamilton Project Director Michael Greenstone.
New York Times Washington Bureau Chief David Leonhardt moderated a discussion on the role of higher education in American mobility with Nancy Cantor of Syracuse University, David Coleman of The College Board, Brit Kirwan of the University System of Maryland, and Jon Whitmore of ACT, Inc.
Founder & Chairman of Evercore Partners Roger Altman provided welcoming remarks to kick off this forum co-hosted by The Hamilton Project and Results for America. In the first panel discussion, Jeffrey Liebman of Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and Louis Jacobson of New Horizons Economic Research presented new proposals on the crucial role of evidence and results in policymaking. The authors were joined by former White House Domestic Policy Council Director John Bridgeland, New York City Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs, Results for America Managing Director Michele Jolin and Hamilton Project Director Michael Greenstone for a discussion of the new papers.
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.