Updates: Economic Inequality

The 2016 Tobin Project Update is now available. It overviews developments across our research areas from the last year, featuring progress in our Inequality and Decision Making initiative, research from the forthcoming volume Corporations and American Democracy, and new projects in our National Security and Institutions of Democracy initiatives. Download it here or read it below.

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On August 4th and 5th, the Tobin Project convened a Conference on Inequality and Decision Making, bringing together leading scholars from across the social and behavioral sciences to explore the effects of economic inequality on individual behavior and decision making. Across two days of in-depth discussion, participants examined the ways in which rising inequality might influence the perceptions, beliefs, and behaviors of Americans.

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On August 4-5, 2016, scholars will gather at a Tobin Project conference at the Méridien Hotel in Cambridge, MA, to present innovative early-stage research exploring the effects of economic inequality on individual behavior and decision making.

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The Tobin Project Update for 2015 is now available.

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The Tobin Project seeks an exceptional individual to join our collaborative and entrepreneurial team as a Research Analyst focusing on our Inequality and Decision Making Initiative. The Research Analyst will work with leading behavioral social scientists and Tobin Project leadership to conceptualize, generate, and strengthen new research on the effects of economic inequality on individual behavior and decision making.

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The Tobin Project is now accepting applications for two programs: the Graduate Student Forum and Fellowship and the new Prospectus Development Workshop.

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The 2014 Tobin Project Update has been published – read it below, or see all of our Updates here. The Update covers the year’s developments in all of Tobin's research areas, featuring our Corporation and American Democracy initiative, new research on the physiological and psychological consequences of economic inequality, events with scholars and policymakers on Preventing Regulatory Capture and Sustainable Security, and more.

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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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