The Tobin Project builds its research inquiries around questions of lasting public and academic importance – questions whose answers could contribute to understanding and improving public life. To surface the most important questions, the Tobin Project works with a network of leading scholars along with experts drawn from government and civil society.
Currently, the Tobin Project is working to address four core questions:
Government & Markets: What are the conditions that distinguish success from failure in the governance and regulation of the economy?
Institutions of Democracy: What factors and institutions - of government, business, civil society, and beyond - are most central to the functioning of American democracy?
Economic Inequality: What are the consequences of the rise of income inequality in the U.S. – for the economy, society, and democracy?
National Security: How can the U.S. sustainably advance its national security interests given fiscal constraints and shifts in the global distribution of power?
The Tobin Project model is rooted in the careful and intentional development of core guiding questions for its research initiatives. While the Tobin Project continuously innovates on its approach, all initiatives aim to fulfill the following foundational criteria, integral to the Tobin Project’s mission: