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Prosperity 2050: Is Equity a Superior Growth Model?

April 22, 2011, 10:00am ET - 12:00pm ET

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About This Event

As America inches its way out of the Great Recession and looks forward into the future, the need for a new policy framework to guide our economic growth is clear. Inequality has reached unprecedented levels as the nation simultaneously grows increasingly racially and ethnically diverse. Is the traditional assumption that there is a trade-off between growth and equity wrong? Might broadly shared growth be more sustainable and ultimately better for the economy? And if so, what does an inclusive and sustainable pathway to economic growth look like, and how do we achieve it?

Join the Center for American Progress and PolicyLink as we bring together some of the nation’s top economists, policy analysts, and thought leaders to discuss the relationship between economic inclusion, long-term economic growth and competitiveness, and policy changes that can create an economy that works for all Americans.

Welcoming remarks:
Vanessa Cárdenas, Director of Progress 2050, Center for American Progress

Opening remarks:
Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, PolicyLink

Panel discussion: What is the relationship between equity and growth?
Manuel Pastor, Professor of Geography and American Studies & Ethnicity, University of Southern California; Director, USC's Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE)
Emmanuel Saez, Director, Center for Equitable Growth; E. Morris Cox Professor of Economics, University of California Berkeley
Bill Spriggs, Assistant Secretary of Policy, U.S. Department of Labor

Moderated by:
John Podesta, President and Chief Executive Officer, Center for American Progress

Panel discussion: What policies can help us achieve equitable growth?
Don Chen, Senior Program Officer, Ford Foundation
Bob Herbert, Journalist; Former New York Times columnist
Mariko Chang, Author; Independent Consultant
Denise Fairchild, President, Emerald Cities

Moderated by:
Janice Nittoli, Associate Vice President and Managing Director, Rockefeller Foundation

Breakfast will be served at 9:30 a.m.


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Center for American Progress
1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor
Washington, DC20005

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