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Washington Center for Equitable Growth

2017 Online Submission Form 
Request for Proposals

The Washington Center for Equitable Growth's central mission is to deepen our understanding of whether and how inequality affects economic growth and stability. Our academic grants program is building a portfolio of cutting-edge scholarly research investigating the various channels through which economic inequality may (or may not) impact economic growth and stability, including both direct and indirect pathways. We consider proposals on the consequences of economic inequality across wages, benefits, incomes, wealth, and job quality, as well as group dimensions of inequality including gender, race, and ethnicity. We also consider proposals on the causes of inequality to the extent that understanding these casual pathways will help us identify and understand key channels through which economic inequality may impact growth and stability. 

Equitable Growth supports inquiry utilizing many different kinds of evidence, relying on a variety of methodological approaches and cutting across academic disciplines, including economics, political science, sociology, history, social psychology, and others. We are especially interested in projects using administrative data, and other new or innovative data sources. 

We are currently requesting proposals in four areas: 

How, if at all, does economic inequality have an impact on macroeconomic growth and stability, and how does the macroeconomy affect inequality? We are interested in whether a more equal distribution of income across households would lead to faster or more stable economic growth, and in the relationship between the health of individual household balance sheets and the health of the economy as a whole. 

Human Capital and the Labor Market
How, if at all, does economic inequality affect the development of human capital, and to what extent do aggregate trends in human capital explain inequality dynamics? Do different levels or kinds of inequality impact the potential for talent to emerge across the income, earnings, or wealth distribution, and, if so, how? 

How, if at all, does economic inequality impact the quantity and quality of innovation? Do technological innovations or any related reorganization of work, in turn, have an impact on inequality? Does economic inequality influence the kind of innovation that takes place, and who benefits from that innovation? We are especially interested in proposals that investigate whether and how inequality affects the development of the next generation of inventors and entrepreneurs. 

On a fundamental level, all three prior channels - the macroeconomy, human capital and the labor market, and innovation - are mediated by a wide range of institutions, all of which are shaped by policy choices. How, if at all, do levels and trends in economic inequality impact the quality of social, economic, and political institutions contributing to economic well-being and economic growth? How, if at all, do levels and trends in economic inequality impact corporate governance practices, and how do these institutional practices translate into economic outcomes for the economy as a whole? How have changes in market structure impacted the distribution of economic resources and power, and what impact have these changes had on economic growth? 

Principal Investigator Information
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Through the financial and professional support offered by our grant program, Equitable Growth is fostering a community of academics to accelerate research on economic inequality and growth and to strengthen the pipeline of scholars working in this space. Diversity is an important component of the study of inequality and growth, as is the inclusiveness of the community engaged in this scholarship. In that spirit, we ask you to provide basic demographic information. Answers to these questions are not required.

Co-Principal Investigator (1)
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Co-Principal Investigator (2)
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Co-Principal Investigator (3)
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About Your Project

Academic Letter of Inquiry
Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) are short descriptions of a research project. LOIs should be approximately 1,250 words. Those over 2,000 words will not be considered. LOIs should describe the problem addressed by the research project, the methodological approach, and include a timeline for completion.

Please upload your LOI. If you experience difficulties, you may email it to
Doctoral/Post-Doctoral Proposal
Doctoral/Post-Doctoral Proposals should include the problem or question your research addresses and how it relates to Equitable Growth’s mission, anticipated contribution to existing scholarship, detailed methodological approach, potential policy implications, and timeline for completion. Proposals should be no more than 6 single-spaced pages with standard font and margins (not including bibliography).

Please upload your proposal. If you experience difficulties, you may email it to
Preliminary Project Budget
Please note that Doctoral/Post-Doctoral grants are set at $15,000 over one year.
Please provide a general breakdown of the costs for which you are requesting support (approximately 50 to 150 words). If invited to submit a full proposal, a more detailed project budget will be required. If you are a Doctoral applicant and anticipate using funds for something other than stipend support (i.e. data purchase, research related travel, etc.), please note that here.

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