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Welcome to the Tobin Project
The Tobin Project acts as a catalyst for transformative research in the social
sciences. Learn more here, or read our research questions below.

The Tobin Project Model
The Tobin Project uses a potent model for catalyzing transformative
research in the social sciences. Learn how we do it.

Featured Inquiry: Inequality and Decision Making
The initiative asks: how does inequality influence individuals’ behavior
and decision-making, and how might such influences affect our society?

The Tobin Project's 2013 MacArthur Award
The Tobin Project has received a MacArthur Award for Creative and
Effective Institutions. Watch MacArthur's video on the Tobin Project here.

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Research Questions

Government & MarketsGOVERNMENT & MARKETS: What are the conditions that distinguish success from failure in the governance and regulation of the economy? »

Institutions of DemocracyINSTITUTIONS OF DEMOCRACY: What factors and institutions - of government, business, civil society, and beyond - are most central to the functioning of American democracy? »

Economic InequalityECONOMIC INEQUALITY: What are the consequences of the rise of income inequality in the U.S. - for the economy, society, and democracy? »

National SecurityNATIONAL SECURITY: How can the U.S. sustainably advance its national security interests given fiscal constraints and shifts in the global distribution of power? »

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