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Practical Steps Promoting Greater Wealth Equality

Practical Steps Promoting Greater Wealth Equality

October 19 at 11:30 a.m. PDT/2:30 p.m. EDT

The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent recession exacerbated long-standing gaps in economic opportunity and wealth across the US. Today, the bottom 50 percent of families own only 1.5 percent of US wealth, down from 3.6 percent in 1990. The median retirement savings for working-age Americans is close to $0. Without immediate policy intervention, these inequities will continue to grow. What can be done to help low-and-moderate-income Americans save more and build generational wealth? Potential solutions include baby bonds, universal basic income, and a bipartisan retirement savings program modeled after the Thrift Savings Plan available to federal employees. What other remedies are available, and what would it take to implement them?


Michael Piwowar
Executive Director, Center for Financial Markets, Milken Institute


Josh Cohen
Managing Director, Head of Institutional Defined Contribution, PGIM

Teresa Ghilarducci
Professor, The New School; Director, Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis

Otis Rolley
Senior Vice President, US Equity and Economic Opportunity Initiative, The Rockefeller Foundation

Pete Stavros
Co-Head, US Private Equity, KKR; Co-Founder, Ownership Works

Michael Tubbs
former Mayor, City of Stockton