Opportunity & Inclusive Growth Institute

The mission of the Opportunity and Inclusive Growth Institute is to conduct and promote research that will increase economic opportunity and inclusive growth and help the Federal Reserve achieve its maximum employment mandate.

The Institute is a new Federal Reserve initiative aimed at conducting world-class research to measure, analyze and make recommendations to improve the economic well-being of all Americans, with a particular focus on structural barriers that limit full participation in economic opportunity and advancement in the United States. This effort will be based at the Minneapolis Fed but is designed to engage a broad range of scholars. The Institute will look beyond aggregate economic indicators in order to examine how national policies impact diverse communities of people within the U.S. economy. Such scholarship will allow the Federal Reserve System to better achieve one of its primary missions – maximum employment – and generate important new insights for other policymakers and the public.

The Institute will adopt a multi-disciplinary approach that includes the participation of leading academics from a variety of fields, including economics, education, law, public health, public policy, and sociology.

Opportunity & Inclusive Growth Institute

Board of Advisors

A distinguished group of academics have joined the Board of Advisors to help launch the Institute. Board members will help the Institute by identifying topics where the Federal Reserve System can make a significant contribution and by recruiting Visiting Scholars. In the future, the Board’s support will grow and adjust according to the needs of the Institute and the direction of developing scholarship.

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Coming together for inclusive growth

Conference Series

Opportunity & Inclusive Growth Institute Conference

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis | May 22-23, 2017 | Minneapolis, MN

The Opportunity & Inclusive Growth Institute is a new Federal Reserve initiative aimed at conducting world-class research to measure, analyze and make recommendations to improve the economic well-being of all Americans, with a particular focus on structural barriers that limit full participation in economic opportunity and advancement in the U.S.

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Working Together for Inclusive Growth

Visiting Scholar Program

The Institute will annually invite 3-5 selected scholars to pursue research while in residence at the Minneapolis Fed. These scholars will all have Ph.D.’s in the Social Sciences or have a career background that establishes their ability to conduct high-level, peer-reviewed scholarly research. Scholars will be selected based upon a research proposal related to the Institute’s mission.

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Opportunity & Inclusive Growth Institute

Publications

The Federal Reserve System enjoys a depth of expertise that can contribute to the existing scholarship on economic opportunity and inclusive growth. This new Working Paper Series will highlight the efforts of scholars within the System on issues related to economic opportunity and inclusive growth with the aim of promoting scholarly debate and soliciting constructive feedback.

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Opportunity & Inclusive Growth Institute

Speeches

Announcing the Opportunity and Inclusive Growth Institute

Neel Kashkari announces the launch of the Opportunity and Inclusive Growth Institute on January 18, 2017, at the Minneapolis Urban League.

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Announcing the Opportunity & Inclusive Growth Institute

Press Release

January 18, 2017 - “The Opportunity and Inclusive Growth Institute is an important research initiative focusing on some of the most pressing economic issues we face as a nation. This work has the potential to help more Americans find real economic opportunity. I hope that scholars inside and outside the Federal Reserve System will contribute to this important work,” said Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen.

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