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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.

Preventing Regulatory Capture Published
Is capture truly as powerful and unpreventable as the informed consensus seems
to suggest? Read select chapters from our newest volume.

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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