American Well-Being Project


The American Well-Being Project is a collaborative effort between the Brookings Institute and the Social Policy Institute. Through the American Well-Being Project, the Brookings Institute and Social Policy Institute aim to provide thorough root-cause analyses of social-ills in American Society through various forms of research and publications. The goal of the American Well-Being project is to generate innovative policy ideas and analysis that address the divide and destitution in the United States. Some of the focal areas of this project include: the opioid crisis and its subsequent “deaths of despair;” the effects of declined manufacturing in communities of blue collar whites; and legal access for working immigrant population.

Principal and Co-Principal Investigators

Eddie Lawlor

Former Dean of the Brown School and Special Assistant to the Provost