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SCEPA joined with the Economic Policy Institute on Capitol Hill to brief congressional staff and policy experts on tax expenditures, or incentives given through the tax code without scrutiny by Congress.
SCEPA economists are working on the prospects for a more progressive economic order to emerge from the shock of the recession. They have published papers and documents that place current events in a longer-term context as well as policy proposals to deal with short-term concerns. They are also documenting the emerging discussion of how the discipline of economics is reacting to the Great Recession and the questioning of conventional economic analysis.
Lance Taylor, a SCEPA Faculty Fellow, presents an overview of his new book, Maynard’s Revenge, in a Google Tech Talk.
The book, published this November by Harvard University Press, is a timely analysis of mainstream macroeconomics, posing the need for a more useful and realistic economic analysis that can provide a better understanding of the ongoing global financial and economic crisis.
The government spends $143 billion through tax breaks in an effort to expand pension coverage and security. Yet, over half of the American workforce does not have a pension. Retirement insecurity hurts business plans, workers’ lives and retiree well-being. Reform is needed.
SCEPA’s Guaranteeing Retirement Income Project, sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation and in collaboration with Demos and the Economic Policy Institute, has a plan to guarantee safe and secure retirement income for all Americans.
Please join us as climate change experts discuss the Trump administration's prospective exit from the Paris Agreement and potential rollback of the Obama administration's accomplishments on climate policy. The discussion will focus on new climate science research, the position of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and concrete policy changes expected under the Trump Administration.
Michelle J. DePass
Dean, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy, The New School
Tishman Professor of Environmental Policy and Management, The New School
Former EPA Assistant Administrator for International and Tribal Affairs
Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School and the Department of Geosciences, Princeton University
Director, Science, Technology and Environmental Policy (STEP) Program, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University
Faculty Associate, Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences Program, Princeton Environmental Institute and Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies
Maurice Ewing and J. Lamar Worzel Professor of Geophysics & Chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering, Columbia University
Associate Director, Earth Institute at Columbia University
The event is hosted by SCEPA's Economics of Climate Change project, headed by economist Willi Semmler. It is generously supported by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, The New School's Tishman Center for Environment and Design (TEDC), and the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET).
March Unemployment Report for Workers Over 55
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) today reported a 3.4 percent unemployment rate for workers age 55 and older in March, unchanged from February.
While the unemployment rate for older workers remains low, many lack a pathway to a secure retirement. Over one third (37%) lack access to a retirement plan at work.
Despite the need to expand coverage to curb old-age poverty, city efforts to create auto-IRAs for private sector workers are under attack by the GOP-controlled Congress. Last week, the Senate voted to jeopardize initiatives by New York City, Philadelphia, and Seattle that would extend retirement plan coverage to 3.7 million workers, over half a million of whom are near retirees .
These cities were relying on legal guidelines issued by the Department of Labor that the Senate voted to roll back. While city legislators have declared their intention to continue, in the absence of these protective regulations, the initiatives will likely end up in court.
City and state initiatives are an indication of the political will for reform and are a first step to reform at the federal level, such as Guaranteed Retirement Accounts. This proposal would give all workers access to safe, effective retirement accounts by requiring both employee and employer to contribute 1.5% of pay over a lifetime.
On Tuesday, March 21, New School economist Willi Semmler presented, “A Macroeconomic Framework for Climate Investment,” at the United Nations (UN) Development Policy Seminar. The talk was chaired by Diana Alarcon, chief of the UN’s Development Strategy and Policy Analysis Unit.
The UN Development Policy Seminar brings together UN and academic experts to critically assess topics related to development. Professor Semmler was invited to discuss the macroeconomics of climate change and strategies for transitioning to low-carbon economies. Semmler’s work focuses on investment for adaptation and mitigation that can improve the environment, employment, and output. By considering national levels of development and demographics, Semmler shows how policy and institutions can lead the transition to a sustainable future.
Semmler leads SCEPA’s Economics of Climate Change Project. He is the Henry Arnhold Professor of International Cooperation and Development at The New School for Social Research and author of The Oxford Handbook of the Macroeconomics of Global Warming (2015).