Alleviating Inequality through Human Capital

Monday, June 1 2015  5:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Conference room 483, Congressional Budget Office

2nd & D Streets, SW, 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20515

(Metro: Federal Center Station)



Lakshmi Raut, Economist, Social Security Administration

Bob Lerman, Institute Fellow, Urban Institute, and Professor, American University


Light refreshments will be served. Light refreshments will be served at 5:45 pm, and the seminar begins at 6:00 pm.    The seminar is free, but please email Melvyn Sacks at for reservations.


Inequality is extremely very high in the United States compared to many other advanced countries and is becoming an important national issue.  The high concentration of income in the United States has occurred at the same time as living standards have been stagnant for most Americans.  Improvements in human capital have been one of the main proposals suggested to address and alleviate U.S. inequality.


This evening’s seminar looks at the two of the main channels through which improvements in human capital can potentially increase the income and life chances of low income groups.  Lakshmi Raut will discuss the benefits of early childhood education and will report on how investments in young children improve their eventual incomes and other important outcomes.  Bob Lerman will speak on how apprenticeship training programs similarly improve the incomes and life success of program participants.  Please join us for this interesting evening.