In the wake of the 2016 election, Opportunity America, the American Enterprise Institute and the Brookings Institution convened a bipartisan group of scholars and policy experts to consider the challenges facing working-class communities and craft a set of policy solutions. In October 2018, the group released its final report, Work, skills, community: Restoring opportunity for the working class – a slate of bipartisan proposals to create jobs, train and retrain workers and revitalize blue-collar communities.


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Oren Cass, senior fellow, Manhattan Institute
Robert Doar, Morgridge Fellow in Poverty Studies, American Enterprise Institute
Kenneth A. Dodge, Pritzker Professor of Early Learning Policy Studies, Duke University
William A. Galston, Ezra K. Zilkha Chair and senior fellow, The Brookings Institution
Ron Haskins, senior fellow and Cabot Family Chair, The Brookings Institution
Tamar Jacoby, president, Opportunity America
Anne Kim, director of domestic and social policy, Progressive Policy Institute
Lawrence Mead, professor of politics and public policy, New York University
Bruce Reed, co-chair, Future of Work Initiative, Aspen Institute
Isabel V. Sawhill, senior fellow in Economic Studies, The Brookings Institution
Ryan Streeter, director of domestic policy studies, American Enterprise Institute
Abel Valenzuela Jr., director, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, UCLA
W. Bradford Wilcox, professor of sociology, University of Virginia


Listening tour & release events


The working class and the federal government’s social safety net Angela Rachidi, AEI policy brief, 1-8-18
The marriage divide: How and why working-class families are more fragile today W. Bradford Wilcox & Wendy Wang, AEI policy brief, 9-25-17


Ohio listening tour comes to City Club Youngstown Vindicator, 10-2-2018
Report will argue for increased aid to community college students Crain’s Cleveland Business, 10-1-18
How did marriage become a mark of privilege? New York Times, 9-25-17

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