Dr. Laura Olson Participates in Panel at the Brookings Institution: Faith, Values and the Economy.

July 19, 2013

On Thursday, July 18, Dr. Laura Olson participated in an enlightening panel at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC.  The panel was on an critically important and timely topic:  Faith, Values and the Economy: New Survey Explores Economic Policy, Role of Religious Progressives and Conservatives.

Here is a link to the panel discussion, with a link to the entire audio recording of the session:

Here is a link to the video of Dr. Olson:

Here is the summary posted by Brookings:

On July 18, the religion, policy and politics project at Brookings co-hosted an event with the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) to release a new survey and accompanying report co-authored by Brookings Senior Fellows E.J. Dionne and William Galston and PRRI CEO Robert P. Jones, PRRI Research Director Daniel Cox, and PRRI Research Associate Juhem Navarro-Rivera.

The 2013 Economic Values Survey tackles a range of topics, including perceptions of economic wellbeing and upward mobility, the role of government, how well capitalism is working, the importance and availability of equal opportunity, values that should guide government policy on economic issues, and specific economic policies.  With its large sample size, the survey explores a range of fault lines on these issues, including racial and ethnic or generational divides.  Additionally, the survey takes up the question of the existence and vitality of religious progressives, compared to religious conservatives, and examines the relationship between theological beliefs and the views of both groups on capitalism and economic policy.


  • Laura Olson

    Professor of Political Science, Clemson University

    Editor-in-Chief, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion

  • Peter Steinfels

    University Professor Emeritus

    Fordham University

  • Rev. Alvin Herring

    Director of Training & Development

    PICO National Network

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