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Call for Papers: US 2050

Posted: 3/13/2018 (Conference)

What will America look like at mid-century?  US 2050, an initiative of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation and the Ford Foundation, will examine and analyze the multiple demographic, socioeconomic, and fiscal trends that will shape the nation in the decades ahead. Engaging leading scholars in the areas of demographics, poverty studies, labor economics, macroeconomics, political science, and sociology, US 2050 will create a comprehensive view of our economic and fiscal future – and the implications for the social and financial well-being of Americans.

Project Description

In the coming decades, a transformational wave of foreseeable demographic changes will create a new American tapestry. Social, economic, and technological changes will reshape the domestic and global economy, and the nation’s fiscal condition will face increasing challenges resulting from a range of factors, including an aging society and a structural mismatch between spending and revenues. These interconnected trends will have significant, but not yet fully understood, implications for the social and financial well-being of Americans. US 2050 will explore these issues and their link to the country’s fiscal and economic health.

The project’s goal is to foster a clearer vision of America’s future and spur a sense of urgency to address pressing policy concerns, thereby laying the groundwork for better outcomes. In 2050, today’s newborn will be entering her prime working years, and one out of every four of today’s 65-year olds will still be living. All of us have a stake in the trends that will unfold in coming decades.

The project will engage leading scholars and provide grants to support research. The insights and learnings gained from the new work will be shared at gatherings that will bring together authors of papers, academic and substantive experts, and, ultimately, policy leaders.

A distinguished Advisory Committee is guiding the project, bringing valuable expertise across the key research disciplines. The Committee is coordinated by the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy at the Brookings Institution, and will assist with the framing of research questions, selection of successful proposals and the review of submitted papers.

March 2018 Call for Proposals: Research Topics and Questions

US 2050 is issuing a new, second call for papers to expand upon and complement the areas of focus in paper submissions already received through our November 2017 call for papers. In this March call for papers, we have defined additional questions and topics as outlined below. Economists, political scientists, sociologists, demographers and other scholars are invited to submit proposals for US 2050.

The broad questions below outline areas we are most interested in, but we invite your ideas or suggestions for alternative topics and approaches to the material. We are particularly interested in proposals that go beyond the national median and aggregate trends to examine differences and similarities among sub-groups in the population.

Research areas for March Call for Papers

I. Political Institutions
II. Individual and Family Wealth
III. The Response of Social Welfare and Social Insurance Systems to Changing Labor Markets
IV. Global Perspectives on Jobs and Work and the Future Supply of Immigrants to the US
Visit the link below to learn more and apply.

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Deadline: 03/26/2018