Michal Grinstein-Weiss conducts research on improving health and socio-economic mobility for low-income households by creating scalable, evidence-based interventions to inform and shape policy, domestically and internationally. She serves as the associate dean for policy initiatives at the Brown School.
As an influential voice in the design of innovative savings and asset-building policies, Grinstein-Weiss is pioneering the field of tax-time savings and spearheading Israel’s creation of a national child savings account program. Her work also merges behavioral science and managed healthcare toward the goal of creating evidence-based solutions for effective healthcare.
She has led successful research collaborations for top industry, government, and philanthropic partners, including Fortune 500 companies, major foundations, and government agencies. Her work has been featured in popular media such as National Public Radio and The Wall Street Journal and published in top-tier academic journals, including American Economic Journal, Social Service Review, and Social Work Research.
She has held leadership roles with the Brookings Institution and Clinton Global Initiative and was recently identified as one of the highest-impact social work scholars by Research on Social Work Practice. Her honors include the Deborah K. Padgett Early Career Achievement Award and the Smith Richardson Foundation Domestic Public Policy Research Fellowship.
As part of the new $900 billion federal stimulus package, the moratorium on evictions for renters will be extended by one month, through the end of January. The help could not come soon enough, says an expert on social and economic development at the Brown School. However, without more intentional, long-term solutions and investments, this aid will only postpone an inevitable housing crisis.
Now more than ever, the nation must have an opportunity to build a more resilient and inclusive workforce. By addressing longstanding inequalities that have undervalued essential workers, these measures would ensure that no one is put in a position of choosing health over a paycheck.
While COVID-19 has impacted all individuals, the impact has not been equal. In a new national Socioeconomic Impact of COVID-19 survey, the Social Policy Institute at Washington University in St. Louis found that liquid assets increased the likelihood that an individual could practice social distancing.
We don’t need a map to tell us that policymakers, health officials, corporations and St. Louis residents themselves must continue to break down economic barriers to create partnerships and solutions that support the most vulnerable in our city — those who were already facing a disproportionate social, financial and health burden before the coronavirus entered their lives.
The newly formed Social Policy Institute at Washington University in St. Louis will bring together the best research evidence from across disciplines to solve real-world challenges. The institute launches Sept. 24.