In 2021, The Hamilton Project did a deep dive into social insurance programs in the United States. New analysis from The Hamilton Project, authored by Robert (Bob) Greenstein, further explores how program design, such as whether programs are targeted or universal, matters for the long-term success of social insurance programs.
On Tuesday, June 28, 2022, The Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution hosted a webcast exploring lessons for strengthening social insurance programs. The webcast featured welcoming remarks from Hamilton Project director Wendy Edelberg and framing discussion with Bob Greenstein of The Hamilton Project and The Brookings Institution and E.J. Dionne Jr. of The Brookings Institution.
The webcast also included a roundtable discussion with Indivar Dutta-Gupta (Center for Law and Social Policy), Bradley Hardy (Georgetown University), Melissa Kearney (University of Maryland), and Wendell Primus (Office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives). The discussion was moderated by Isabel V. Sawhill (The Brookings Institution).
The webcast event coincided with the release of a new paper by Bob Greenstein that examines various dimensions of social programs and what influences a program’s ability to endure. This paper builds on previous Hamilton Project work that explores how the social insurance system is organized, how eligibility is determined and who benefits, and how the benefits and services are delivered. It looks at how the system reduces poverty and inequality by exploring 40 years of political attitudes about and the availability and impacts of the programs.
2:00 p.m. Welcome
Director, The Hamilton Project, Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, The Brookings Institution
2:05 p.m. Framing remarks
E.J. Dionne Jr.
W. Averell Harriman Chair, Senior Fellow, Governance Studies, The Brookings Institution
Visiting Fellow, The Hamilton Project, Economic Studies, The Brookings Institution
2:30 p.m. Roundtable discussion: Lessons learned from past work, and how to best design social programs
Executive Director, Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)
Associate Professor, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University; Nonresident Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, The Brookings Institution
Neil Moskowitz Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, University of Maryland; Director, University of Maryland; Aspen Economic Strategy Group; Nonresident Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, The Brookings Institution
Wendell E. Primus
Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives
Moderator: Isabel V. Sawhill
Senior Fellow, Center on Children and Families, Future of the Middle Class Initiative, Economic Studies, The Brookings Institution