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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.
The article argues for reframing the minimum wage debate. Instead of worrying about losing low-paying, high turnover jobs, the focus should be on creating jobs with living wages.
Howell leads SCEPA’s Growth and Jobs project, funded by the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, where he seeks to answer the question “what happened to shared growth?” Since the 1980s, U.S. economic growth failed to produce enough jobs, especially “decent jobs.” To understand wage inequality and unshared productivity growth in the United States, Howell focuses on how institutions affect labor market outcomes. His work compares the United States with Canada, Australia, Germany, and France to understand how the distribution and growth of decent jobs compare by economic sector across countries.
Professor Pavel Kabat joined SCEPA on Monday, September 19, 2016 to present a lecture on the U.N.'s Sustainable Development Goals as part of our Economics of Climate Change series. Pavel Kabat is director general and CEO of the Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria.
Directed by Economist Willi Semmler, SCEPA's Economics of Climate Change Project is generously sponsored by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, the German Research Foundation (DFG), and the Tishman Environmental and Design Center (TEDC).
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New School Economics PhD Aleksandr Gevorkyan has a new book, co-edited with Otaviano Canuto, titled “Financial Deepening and Post-Crisis Development in Emerging Markets Current Perils and Future Dawns”
The book focuses on how small and often overlooked developing economies can achieve sustainable development as they join global financial markets. It features contributions by several current and former NSSR Econ Dept students:
- Chapter 1: Emerging Markets and the Post-2008 World
by Aleksandr V. Gevorkyan and Otaviano Canuto
- Chapter 3: Interest Rates, Terms of Trade, and Currency Crises: Are We on the Verge of a New Crisis in the Periphery?
by Nathaniel Cline and Matías Vernengo
- Chapter 9: Determinants of Nonperforming Loans in Guyana
by Tarron Khemraj and Sukrishnalall Pasha
- Chapter 10: Financial Flows and Productivity in Eastern Europe: Implications for Growth and Policy
by Lucas Bernard and Unurjargal Nyambuu
- Chapter 11: The Changing Character of Financial Flows to Sub-Saharan Africa
by Ingrid Harvold Kvangraven