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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.
- Published on Tuesday, February 04, 2014
The Annual Robert Heilbroner Lecture on the Future of Capitalism:
Towards Full Employment, Financial Stabilization & Environmental Sustainability
The failure of austerity policies in both the United States and Europe is clear. But it's time to move beyond documenting failure. Now we need solid policy solutions that promote long-term economic recovery for working people, the poor, and the middle class - not just the 1%.
On February 12, Economist Robert Pollin presented SCEPA's annual Robert L. Heilbroner Memorial Lecture on the Future of Capitalism. Pollin proposed a post-austerity policy agenda that lays out a clear path to job creation and lowering public debt - while advancing greater equality and environmental sustainability.
Robert Pollin, Distinguished Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, received his PhD from The New School and studied under Robert Heilbroner. He is co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) and co-author of a recent study that debunks the notion that austerity policies can promote economic growth by starving social spending.
This event celebrated the fall issue of The New School's Social Research journal, "Austerity: Failed Economics but Persistent Policy." It was jointly sponsored by Social Research: An International Quarterly, the Center for Public Scholarship, and the Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management Program at the Milano School.
- Published on Thursday, January 30, 2014
Sixty years after the publication of Robert Heilbroner's "The Worldly Philosophers", the economics department at The New School for Social Research extends a warm welcome to an Economics Student Union-organized colloquium.
WHEN: February 22, 2014
10:00am to 6:00pm
WHERE: The New School
6 East 16th Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY
Since its founding in 1919 as a refuge from political repression within the academy, the New School has had a reputation of being a fount and record of Worldly Philosophy within the social sciences. In the wake of the ongoing economic crisis as well as the crisis of the economic discipline, we will introspectively continue that tradition by discussing our department's vision in light of its illustrious history.
The day consisted of lectures and panel-moderated discussions assessing the past, present and potential future of the economics department in academia and policy making.
- Published on Thursday, January 30, 2014
Lauren Schmitz, a New School Economics PhD student and former SCEPA research assistant was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for her dissertation, "The Impact of Working Conditions on the Health of an Aging Workforce."
Her research examines the relationship between work and health over the life cycle to better understand how various working conditions influence health disparities as workers age.
The NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement grant is a highly competitive federal research grant that allows doctoral students to undertake significant data-gathering projects and conduct field research.
Schmitz is creating a unique data set linking restricted W-2 earnings records from the Social Security Administration's Master Earnings File to both data on health and employment outcomes in the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) and data on objective job demands from the Department of Labor's Occupational Information Network (O*NET).
Analysis on a comprehensive set of working conditions over the course of a worker's career will contribute to a better understanding of how occupation affects health in the years leading up to retirement