Updates: Economic Inequality

The July-August issue of Harvard Magazine profiles the Tobin Project, featuring an in-depth look at both the “Inequality & Decision Making” and “Preventing Regulatory Capture” initiatives.

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The Tobin Project has selected the 2014-15 class for the Graduate Student Forums and Fellowships in National Security and Democracy and Markets. The GSF program provides graduate students doing policy-relevant research related to Tobin’s programs with funding and a group of like-minded students with whom to discuss and improve their work. Our pool of applicants this year was larger and stronger than ever, and we are excited to start working with the students this fall.

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The Fall 2013 Tobin Project Update covers this year’s developments in all of Tobin's research areas, including new experimental work on economic inequality, two historical inquiries on what makes for a healthy American democracy, and the release of the Tobin Project’s latest edited volume, “Preventing Regulatory Capture: Special Interest Influence and How to Limit It.” The update is available below.

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The Tobin Project seeks applications from doctoral students and law students undertaking work related to its initiatives in Democracy & Markets.

The deadline for applications is February 17, 2014.

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In this Harvard Business School working paper, David Moss, Anant Thaker, and Howard Rudnick review the literature and find no academic consensus on the consequences of inequality. They suggest that research focusing on the mechanisms through which inequality may impact individual decision making could help to further understanding on this important question.

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In March, the Chronicle of Higher Education published an article on the Tobin Project, titled "Tobin Project Coordinates 'Transformative Research' by Scholars and Policy Makers." The article offers a look at our mission and how we have brought together leading scholars and helped to generate high-impact strategic research.

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The Tobin Project seeks applications from doctoral students and law students undertaking work related to its initiatives in Democracy & Markets and National Security. 

The deadline for applications is March 1, 2013. 

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The Tobin Project is pleased to announce the 2011-2012 recipients of its Democracy & Markets graduate student fellowships. With thirteen grantees in seven different disciplines, the Tobin Project’s network of aspiring scholars is growing, and the forum program is expanding to New Haven. In the fall of 2011, the Tobin Project will host monthly Graduate Student Forums in New Haven, CT for its grantees at Yale University to share their research in an interdisciplinary setting. 

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This winter, the Tobin Project convened top scholars to explore a question on the cutting edge of public and academic debate: Did economic inequality in the United States contribute to the financial crisis?

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The Tobin Project is pleased to announce that the MacArthur Foundation has renewed its support for Tobin Project programs with a generous, multi-year grant.

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