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Brookings Mountain West is a partnership between UNLV and the Washington, D.C.-based Brookings Institution. The purpose of Brookings Mountain West is to bring the Brookings tradition of high-quality, independent, and impactful research to the issues facing the dynamic and fast-growing Intermountain West region. Building upon work at Brookings and UNLV, our community engagement and research initiatives focus on helping metropolitan areas like Las Vegas grow in robust, inclusive, and sustainable ways. Brookings Mountain West provides a platform to bring ideas and expertise together to enhance public policy discussions at the local, state, and regional level.

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Brookings Mountain West In the News

Aug. 26, 2019

When Tucker Carlson agrees with Elizabeth Warren, it is worth taking notice. At a recent conservative conference, Mr. Carslon described Sen. Warren’s book, The Two Income Trap as “one of the best books” he had read on economic policy. “The single biggest change to our society,” he went on, “was the moment where it became impossible for the average person to support a family on one income.”

Jul. 17, 2019

The desire to secure and sustain a middle-class standard of living is virtually universal. But the opportunity to do so is not. In some cities, the middle class is thriving, and low-income children are rising up to join its ranks. In others, the middle class is sliding (even shrinking, on some measures), and upward mobility rates are low.

Las Vegas Sun
Jul. 15, 2019

In the effort to strengthen the American middle class, it would seem obvious to ensure that the educational needs of middle-class students are being met. Yet as Richard Reeves points out, those students often are overshadowed in discussions about higher education.

Las Vegas Sun
Jun. 30, 2019

President Donald Trump often cites the African-American unemployment rate as one of his key accomplishments. Confoundingly, he even made the boast in a tweet last week chiding soccer superstar Megan Rapinoe over her pledge not to accept an invitation to visit the White House.

Brookings Mountain West Accomplishments

Sep. 19, 2019
Ashley Schobert (Law and Brookings Mountain West) recently co-wrote an analysis on the fluctuation of wages and how it is measured with Brookings Senior Fellow Richard Reeves, and Brookings research analyst Christopher Pulliam. The piece, "Are Wages Rising, Falling, or Stagnating?," delves into...
Sep. 11, 2019
Ashley Schobert (Law and Brookings Mountain West) recently co-wrote an op-ed for the Brookings Institution with Brookings Senior Fellow Richard Reeves. The piece, "Tucker Carlson Has a Point: Middle Class Families Rely More than Ever on Women’s Wages," discusses how although women are working more...
Aug. 16, 2019
Elia Del Carmen Solano-Patricio (Public Policy and Leadership and Brookings Mountain West) recently was selected to present her summer internship research on "The Nexus Between Population and Criminal Arrests in Clark County, Nevada, by Jurisdiction 2006-2016" at the Summer 2019 Undergraduate...
Aug. 15, 2019
Peter Grema (Honors College and Brookings Mountain West) recently was selected to present his summer internship research on "The Price of Legal Cannabis and Other Industry Policies" at the Summer 2019 Undergraduate Research Symposium earlier this month. Grema's research explores three distinct...

What's Happening

  • In co-sponsorship with the Graduate College, Brookings Mountain West is pleased to offer a workshop with Brookings Senior Fellow, Dr. Reynolds. Reynolds’ research focuses on US Congress, partisan politics, and public policy outcomes. In this informative and interactive workshop, Reynolds will discuss internship opportunities and career pathways in Washington DC. By participating in this workshop...
     Date: October 2, 2019
     Location: Student Union (SU), Room 211
  • As part of the Brookings Scholar Lecture Series, Brookings Mountain West invites you to a lecture titled "House Oversight of the Executive Branch in the 116th Congress" by Brookings Senior Fellow in Governance Studies, Molly Reynolds. Democrats promised to undertake oversight of President Trump and the executive branch. This lecture will answer questions about the ability of the House...
     Date: October 2, 2019
     Location: Greenspun Hall (GUA), First Floor Auditorium
  • Brookings Mountain West is pleased to partner with the UNLV Honors College to offer an informational session on the Brookings Public Policy Minor. As an interdisciplinary minor, the Brookings Public Policy Minor offers students a unique opportunity to take courses, co-instructed by UNLV faculty and policy experts from the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. The session will offer...
     Date: October 16, 2019
     Location: Beverly Rogers Literature and Law Building (RLL), Honors College Conference Room
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