Opportunity, responsibility, and security: A consensus plan for reducing poverty and restoring the American Dream

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Alleviating poverty. Fighting inequality. Expanding economic opportunity. These are hot topics on the campaign trail, but when it comes to implementing real change, efforts frequently stall in Congress. A bipartisan report on Opportunity, Responsibility, and Security, produced by the American Enterprise Institute/Brookings Institution Working Group on Poverty and Opportunity, details a consensus policy agenda for overcoming gridlock and achieving actionable solutions in 2016.


Spotlight, in partnership with the Ford Foundation, hosted a conversation with the report’s authors and a convening of leading experts — including John McWhorter of Columbia University, LaDonna Pavetti of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and Tamar Jacoby of Opportunity America, ImmigrationWorks USA — who explored the report’s findings and considered how these issues will play out in the presidential campaign.


Other participants included:
  • Lawrence Aber, New York University
  • Sheldon Danziger, Russell Sage Foundation
  • Robert Doar, American Enterprise Institute
  • Indivar Dutta-Gupta, Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality
  • Jonathan Haidt, New York University Stern School of Business
  • Kay Hymowitz, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research
  • Lawrence Mead, New York University
  • Ron Mincy, Columbia University School of Social Work
  • (Moderator) Juana Summers, Mashable

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