Our projects are designed to empower policy makers to create positive change. With a focus on collaboration and outreach, we provide original, standards-based research on key policy issues.
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, October 18, 2011
Professor of Economics and Department Chair William Milberg's research focuses on the implications of changes in international trade and investment flows for employment and income distribution. On September 19, 2011 he participated in the 2011 WTO Public Forum and moderated the panel entitled: Made in the World: Facts and Implications for Trade. He was also featured in the WTO highlight video below.
On October 4, 2011 the Peterson Institute, in collaboration with the International Labor Office (ILO), held a conference to present key findings from the new book Making Globalization Socially Sustainable. Professor Millbeg led the fourth session, "Actual and Perceived Effects of Offshoring on Economic Insecurity: The Role of Labor Market Regimes."
- Published on Tuesday, October 18, 2011
On October 13, 2011, the New America Foundation hosted an event focused on the retirement savings deficit and possible ways to address the ongoing problem of retirement security. Speakers included SCEPA's Teresa Ghilarducci, Mark Iwry from the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Michael Calabrese from the New America Foundation, William Gale from the Retirement Security Project at Brookings Institution, and David Certner from AARP. Professor Ghilarducci discussed her fix to the retirement crisis, Guaranteed Retirement Accounts.
- Published on Wednesday, October 12, 2011
by Jeff Madrick, SCEPA Senior Fellow
What should Europe do? As Sarkozy and Merkel say they will come to agreement, Solvakia temporarily defers. Ethnic bigotry towards Greece is playing a role here.
But the center of the European Union - the strong countries - have a profound obligation to the periphery to save it, including Greece, and make them whole in the future. Maintaining the euro zone is a high political goal, in my mind. As a friend who is involved in the Greek negotiations tells me, just consider the belligerent history of Europe before the Common Market. Do we want to return to that?
The irresponsibility of failing to come up with an adequate solution early in this crisis is one of the greater political errors of modern history. That Trichet of the ECB is now saying they should act aggressively when only a month ago he said they should not "dramatize" the situation, and even raised interest rates, is the best example of incompetent and fearful leadership. We have our teachers, Bagehot, Kindlberge, Minsky, Keynes. We all learned the lesson. To some degree, even the Bush administration with TARP learned that lesson—if the plan was ultimately flawed.