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Conversations from Thought Leaders on Economic Mobility: Reflections and Insights on Recent Research and Ideas

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Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017
2-3 p.m. CT | 3-4 p.m. ET

The gap between rich and poor has been called one of the world's most widespread and pressing concerns. Economic mobility, a key focus of the Federal Reserve, was the theme of a recent national research conference, bringing together viewpoints from experts across academia, policy and practice. In December 2016, the Fed released a collection of selected works presented at the conference, entitled Economic Mobility: Research & Ideas on Strengthening Families, Communities & the Economy, which explores a range of issues and concepts central to understanding how—and how well—people are able to move economically.

What is the state of economic mobility across our nation? What challenges remain as we look to the future? And perhaps even more important, what opportunities exist to help shape a better future for those affected by economic inequality?

During this free one-hour Connecting Communities® webinar, speakers will engage in a dialogue about recent research and current initiatives that will shape the future. David Buchholz, deputy associate director of Consumer and Community Affairs at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, and Ray Boshara, director of the St. Louis Fed's Center for Household Financial Stability, will provide a general introduction to the recently published collection of essays and provide updates on work across the Federal Reserve System.

Joining the conversation will be Nisha Patel, executive director of the US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty, and Erin Currier, director of financial security and mobility at The Pew Charitable Trusts, who will share their reflections and insight from initiatives they lead.

For a preview of possible discussion topics, check out the Economic Mobility publication online.

Participation in this webinar is free; however, registration is required. Sign up for this session at the Connecting Communities website.

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The Connecting Communities webinar series is a Federal Reserve System initiative providing a national audience with timely information on emerging and important community and economic development topics. All sessions are recorded and archived on the Connecting Communities website.