Our work is founded on the prosperity formula that our chairman, Michael Milken, developed: well-functioning markets, accessible to all, can expand opportunities to develop human and social capital, magnify productive investment and dramatically improve global prosperity.

Prosperity Formula

Recognizing that good policy is central to our mission, we have developed programs designed to:

  • promote a deeper, more sophisticated understanding of markets and their role in facilitating economic growth and job creation
  • improve the policy dialogue around financial-markets issues
  • generate practical, nonpartisan ideas and solutions

Learn more about our programs:

Housing Finance 

Leads the debate on how to reform the U.S. housing system, reduce taxpayer risk, and create a new private mortgage market.

Financial Regulation for the 21st Century 

Advances pragmatic ideas for modernizing the U.S. regulatory system to strengthen financial markets and enhance access to capital in the 21st century

Access to Capital 

Supports public policy that both protects investors and allows efficient access to capital for America's entrepreneurs.

Capital Markets for Development 

Explores practical policy solutions to strengthen and deepen developing country capital markets and encourage investment.

Financial Technology 

Offers insights regarding the application of tech-driven financial innovations to enhance access to capital, financial inclusion, and transparency and compliance.

IFC-Milken Institute Capital Markets Program 

Trains and builds the next generation of capital-market leaders across developing and emerging economies.

Partnership for Lending in Underserved Markets

The Milken Institute has partnered with the Small Business Administration on a two-year initiative to develop actionable solutions to address long-standing structural problems that inhibit minority-owned small businesses from accessing capital and growing their operations.

Baltimore, MD and Los Angeles, CA – two cities with high concentrations of minority-owned small businesses – were selected as pilot cities. Their local task forces include representation from the local small business community, local and national lenders, business development leaders, financial technology firms, and local and national policymakers and regulators. Additionally, at the national level, the Milken Institute is developing policy briefs and convening Financial Innovations Labs and other targeted research and activities to identify actionable recommendations to address national policy priorities and the loan underwriting process.

The pilot initiative is occurring over three phases:

  • Problem Definition – challenges and opportunities minority-owned small businesses face in each metropolitan area;
  • Solutions – identification of potential solutions to address the challenges through established action groups focused on local or national policies and developments and creation of strategic plans to guide execution;
  • Implementation – begin execution with local champions and other national recommendations and publish local lessons learned and best practices as well as the outcomes of other national activities.

Learn More About PLUM

If you are interested in engaging in this work, please contact:
Kevin Klowden | Executive Director, California Center
Aron Betru | Managing Director, Center for Financial Markets