Spotlight Webcast: "Creating an Opportunity Society" with Isabel Sawhill and Ron Haskins

Part Two of an Interview Examining Economic Mobility in America


In the second installment of this two-part Spotlight webcast, Ron Haskins and Isabel Sawhill,co-directors of the Brookings Center on Children and Families, examine effective strategies to promote economic mobility in America. Haskins and Sawhill, both authors of Creating an Opportunity Society, recommend a three-pronged approach to providing economic opportunity, including increasing education for youth at the K—12 and post secondary levels, encouraging and supporting work among adults, and increasing the share ofchildren raised by married parents.

The interview also explores what communities can do to reduce poverty and how the federal government can support local and state governments facing budget short falls and rising unemployment rates. The authors also discuss the importance of individual behavior and responsible choices in reducing poverty.

In part one of the interview, Haskins and Sawhill examine the alarming unemployment rate  and the distinct challenges facing immigrant families and African American children. Part one also compares access to economic mobility in the U.S. to that of Europe.

The webcast is moderated by Spotlight’s Mary Jo Gilmore.