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

Opportunity & Inclusive Growth Institute Conference

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.

The Institute’s inaugural conference will be held on May 22-23, 2017. The agenda includes discussions of current challenges to economic opportunity within the context of how the Federal Reserve can proactively engage and assist in supporting inclusive growth, either through monetary policy or other public policy contributions.

Read a recap of the conference on our Conference Feed page.


Monday, May 22: Day 1

9:30 am - 9:35 am
Conference Welcome: Neel Kashkari
9:35 am - 11:35 am
Panel 1: Segregation & Inequality
Chair: David Altig, FRB ATL
  • Janet Currie, Princeton University
  • Edward Lazear, Stanford University
  • Robert Putnam, Harvard University
  • William Spriggs, Howard University
  • Ebonya Washington, Yale University
11:45 am - 1:15 pm
Lunch Keynote
Sondra Samuels, Northside Achievement Zone
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Panel 2: Human Capital & Mobility
Chair: Aysegul Sahin, FRB NY
  • Emmanuel Saez, University of California at Berkeley
  • Kathryn Edin, The Johns Hopkins University
  • Sara McLanahan, Princeton University
  • Philip Jefferson, Swarthmore College
3:30 pm – 3:45 pm
Coffee Break
3:45 pm - 5:45 pm
Panel 3: Data: New Frontiers of Collection & Analysis
Chair: Stephanie Aaronson, Federal Reserve System Board of Governors
  • Jeff Larrimore, Federal Reserve System Board of Governors
  • John Sabelhaus, Federal Reserve System Board of Governors
  • Wilbert van der Klaauw, FRB NY
  • Rob Warren, University of Minnesota
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Dinner Keynote
Lael Brainard, Federal Reserve System Board of Governors

Tuesday, May 23: Day 2

8:30 am - 10:30 am
Panel 4: Distributional Consequences of Public Policy
Chair: David Wilcox, Federal Reserve System Board of Governors
  • William Darity, Jr., Duke University
  • Greg Kaplan, The University of Chicago
  • Glenn Loury, Brown University
  • Myron Orfield, University of Minnesota
10:30 am – 10:45 am
Coffee Break
10:45 am - 12:15 pm
Panel 5: Federal Reserve System Takeaways
Chair: Mark Wright, FRB MPLS
  • Stephanie Aaronson, Federal Reserve System Board of Governors
  • David Altig, FRB ATL
  • Aysegul Sahin, FRB NY
12:15 pm
Closing remarks: Mark Wright