When: Tuesday, June 28, 2022, 2:00 - 3:15 p.m. EDT
What: In 2021, The Hamilton Project did a deep dive into social insurance programs in the United States. New analysis from The Hamilton Project, authored by Robert (Bob) Greenstein, further explores how program design, such as whether programs are targeted or universal, matters for the long-term success of social insurance programs.
On Tuesday, June 28, 2022, The Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution will host a webcast exploring lessons for strengthening social insurance programs. The webcast will feature welcoming remarks from Hamilton Project director Wendy Edelberg and framing discussion with Bob Greenstein of The Hamilton Project and The Brookings Institution and E.J. Dionne Jr. of The Brookings Institution.
The webcast will also include a roundtable discussion with Indivar Dutta-Gupta (Center for Law and Social Policy), Bradley Hardy (Georgetown University), Melissa Kearney (University of Maryland), and Wendell Primus (Office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives). The discussion will be moderated by Isabel V. Sawhill (The Brookings Institution).
The webcast event coincides with the release of a new paper by Bob Greenstein that examines various dimensions of social programs and what influences a program’s ability to endure. This paper builds on previous Hamilton Project work that explores how the social insurance system is organized, how eligibility is determined and who benefits, and how the benefits and services are delivered. It looks at how the system reduces poverty and inequality by exploring 40 years of political attitudes about and the availability and impacts of the programs.