Isabel Sawhill
Senior Fellow in Economic Studies


  • Federal policy
  • Poverty
  • School finance and spending
  • School funding

Isabel Sawhill, a nationally recognized social policy expert, focuses on domestic poverty and federal fiscal policy, with a special interest in behavioral economics. She is a senior fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution, one of the most trusted and influential think tanks in the world. She has served as vice president and director of economic studies at Brookings and currently co-directs the Center on Children and Families and the Budgeting for National Priorities project at Brookings. Her research has spanned a wide array of economic and social issues, including economic growth, poverty and inequality, social mobility, the well-being of children, and changes in the family. She is the author of “Generation Unbound: Drifting into Sex and Parenthood Without Marriage” and co-author, with Ron Haskins, of ”Creating an Opportunity Society,” and board president of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.