Hamilton Project

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The Hamilton Project is an economic policy initiative within the Brookings Institution.[1][2] It was originally launched in April 2006 by a combination of public policy makers, business people, academic leaders, and other former Clinton administration economists and experts.[3][4] The Hamilton Project "seeks to advance America’s promise of opportunity, prosperity, and growth."[5] It went dormant after U.S. President Barack Obama assumed office in 2009, because many of its members left to work for the White House, but in 2010, it was relaunched with Michael Greenstone as the new director.[6][7]

The Hamilton Project is currently led by Wendy Edelberg, former Chief Economist at the Congressional Budget Office[8]. Previous directors have included Jay Shambaugh, former Member of the White House Council of Economic Advisers and a professor of economics and international affairs at the George Washington University[9]; Peter R. Orszag, former Director of the Office of Management and Budget in the Obama Administration[10]; Jason Furman, professor of the practice of economic policy at the Harvard Kennedy School[11]; Douglas W. Elmendorf, Dean of the Kennedy School at Harvard University[12]; Michael Greenstone, a former chief economist for the President’s Council of Economic Advisers[13]; Melissa S. Kearney, professor of economics at the University of Maryland; and Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach; director of the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University[14].

The Hamilton Project hosts events and commissions evidence-based policy proposals, reports, and books on topics ranging through economic security, employment, poverty, education, health care, and innovation.[15]


  1. ^ Irwin, Neil (22 April 2015). "Why American Workers Without Much Education Are Being Hammered". New York Times. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  2. ^ Kadlec, Dan (25 June 2015). "This Problem Is Unexpectedly Crushing Many Retirement Dreams". Time. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  3. ^ Robert Kuttner. "The Crash That Failed (review of Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World by Adam Tooze)". NYBooks.com. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  4. ^ "The Hamilton Project". www.hamiltonproject.org. Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  5. ^ "Mission & Vision | The Hamilton Project". www.hamiltonproject.org. Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  6. ^ "About". Hamilton Project website. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  7. ^ Irwin, Neil (21 April 2010). "Brookings Institution-based Hamilton Project relaunches". Washington Post. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Wendy Edelberg". Brookings. 2020-06-18. Retrieved 2020-08-27.
  9. ^ "Jay Shambaugh | The Hamilton Project". www.hamiltonproject.org. Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  10. ^ "Peter Orszag to re-join Economic Studies at Brookings". Brookings. 8 September 2015. Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  11. ^ "Jason Furman Named Senior Fellow and Director of The Hamilton Project". Brookings. 18 December 2006. Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  12. ^ "Douglas Elmendorf". www.hks.harvard.edu. Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  13. ^ "Michael Greenstone Named Brookings Senior Fellow and Director of The Hamilton Project". Brookings. 5 April 2010. Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  14. ^ "Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach: Institute for Policy Research - Northwestern University". www.ipr.northwestern.edu. Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  15. ^ "Papers | The Hamilton Project". www.hamiltonproject.org. Retrieved 2019-03-06.

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