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UPCOMING EVENT • April 20, 2021

After COVID-19: Building an Inclusive Economy for California

COVID-19 and its fallout have been devastating for California’s economy at every level. But low‐​income and traditionally marginalized communities have been among the hardest hit. This conference brings together a diverse group of political, business, and academic leaders to discuss regulatory and other barriers to rebuilding economic opportunity in poor and minority communities ravaged by COVID-19.

More About the Project

The Cato Project on Poverty and Inequality in California was launched in 2019 to study the root causes of poverty in California and recommend practical solutions designed to help all Californians prosper and rise as far as their individual talents and abilities will take them.

The project draws on decades of Cato’s expertise across a variety of issues, as well as close collaboration with Californians on the front lines of fighting poverty, whether business leaders, elected officials, or local activists. We have found that too often state and local government policies have trapped people in poverty and blocked their participation in the state’s economy. Over the year to come, we will be continuing to look at issues such as:

  • Housing and homelessness
  • Criminal justice reform
  • Educational opportunity
  • Welfare reform
  • Financial inclusion
  • Regressive barriers to economic participation

In the coming months we expect to hold a variety of forums and conferences and to release a number of publications addressing these and other issues. Without shying away from controversy or difficult choices, our hope is to identify reforms that can draw support from across California’s political and ideological spectrum.

We look forward to your continued involvement, ideas, and support. Together, we can make a better future for all Californians. Feel free to share your experience and recommendations with us by email or on Twitter.

Project Director
Michael D. Tanner

Senior Fellow

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Inclusive Economy
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The Inclusive Economy: How to Bring Wealth to America’s Poor

The Inclusive Economy energetically challenges the conventional wisdom of both the right and the left that underlies much of the contemporary debate over poverty and welfare policy. Author and national public policy expert Michael Tanner takes to task conservative critiques of a “culture of poverty” for their failure to account for the structural circumstances in which the poor live.

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