Lessons from Recent History for Strengthening the US Safety Net


Associated Program:
John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum
Bob Greenstein
Jason Furman

Over the past 40 years, the federal government has made major changes in programs to reduce poverty and raise living standards in America. What lessons can we draw from the expansion and contraction of differe​nt parts of the safety net about what factors help a program succeed in the political sphere and grow over time, and what factors make a program more likely to be cut?

Join us on Tuesday, April 12 at 6:00 PM ET for the 2022 Edwin L. Godkin lecture with Bob Greenstein (AB 1967), founder and president emeritus of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and current visiting fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution. Jason Furman (AB '92, AM '95, PHD '04), Aetna Professor of the Practice of Economic Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and former chief economist to President Obama will moderate the conversation.

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