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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.
Video is now available from the Is Imperialism a Useful Concept in the Age of Financial Globalization panel that was held at the New School on March 6, 2012. Speakers included Robin Blackburn, Department of Sociology, Essex University; Duncan Foley Department of Economics, New School for Social Research; Prabhat Patnaik, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi; Robert Pollin, Department of Economics, UMASS; Anwar Shaikh, Department of Economics, New School for Social Research; and Sanjay Reddy, Department of Economics, New School for Social Research. Click on speakers names to see video of their presentations.
On Monday, March 26, 2012, SCEPA and the NYC Comptroller's office held a forum on the State GRA proposal authored by SCEPA Director and national retirement expert Teresa Ghilarducci. The forum announced the possibility of the NYC Comptroller applying Dr. Ghilarducci's plan at the city level. Numerous media outlets covered the event including:
Mary Williams Walsh of the New York Times, New Ideas on Pensions: Use States
Colby Hamilton of WNYC, Liu Pivots From Pension Risks to Benefits for Workers Without Retirement Security
Sam Levin of The Village Voice, John Liu, With the New School, Proposes Pension Plan to Address Retirement Crisis
New York City Comptroller John C. Liu today joined SCEPA Director Dr. Teresa Ghilarducci, a nationally renowned expert on pension issues, to announce a new pension plan for the city. NYC Personal Retirement Accounts (PRAs) will help provide retirement coverage for the nearly two million workers in New York City without access to retirement benefits through their employers.
The NYC PRA proposal is based on Ghilarducci's State GRA plan that is now being considered by the California state legislature. The plan would pool employee and employer contributions into retirement funds that would be managed and invested by the Bureau of Asset Management (BAM), a unit of the New York City Comptroller's Office. BAM is responsible for overseeing the investments of New York City's five employee pension funds.