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 Friday, September 23, 2011
As Americans struggle though the greatest economic calamity since the 1930s, we asked, what will today's recession do to tomorrow?
For too long, economists have assumed that once an economy is deemed 'recovered,' recessions take no future toll. Unfortunately, this view is not supported by either theory or evidence. Deep recessions have the potential to significantly reduce future output by undermining the quality of labor, delaying capital investment, and postponing or eliminating research and development. In fact, depressed markets may become so entrenched that they cannot correct themselves.
On November 9th, 2011, SCEPA Senior Feller Jeff Madrick hosted a discussion with distinguished economists on the permanent, long-term losses caused by deep recessions and propose immediate policy options to stem future losses.
Participants included: William Dickens, Distinguished Professor of Economics and Social Policy at Northeastern University; Bruce Greenwald, Robert Hielbrunn Professor of Finance and Asset Management at Columbia University; Laurence Ball, Professor of Economics at Johns Hopkins University; and others.
- Published on Thursday, September 22, 2011
On September 20, Ralph Atkins of the Financial Times quotes Gustav Horn of the Macroeconomic Policy Institute (IMK) in his article Germany and the Eurozone: Marked by a Miracle: (link requires registration)
"The clash with economic thinking elsewhere “is a sign of the crisis – but it is also a sign of the crisis in the dominant way of economic teaching”, says Gustav Horn of the Düsseldorf-based Hans-Böckler institute. “In the end, Germany will come around – it has to.”
IMK is a sponsor of SCEPA's "Bottom Line on Climate Change: Transitioning to Renewable Energy"
- Published on Thursday, September 22, 2011
The subject of climate change is always in the headlines and there seem to be new discoveries made every day. SCEPA is pleased to have Dr. Peter Schlosser on the panel "Update on Trends on Global Warming Research" of our "The Bottom Line on Climate Change" conference. Schlosser's research is directed towards understanding the Earth's natural water bodies including oceans, groundwater and continental waters, their perturbation by human activity, and the possibility to design engineering solutions to the problems by their development.
Dr. Peter Schlosser is the Associate Director and Director of Research of the Earth Institute, Columbia University, Vinton Professor of Earth and Environmental Engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University. He is also a Senior Staff Scientist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, with research interests focusing on the application of noble gases and other isotopes to natural systems with emphasis on the oceans and groundwater. Schlosser also chairs the Academic Committee, the Cross-Cutting Initiative and the Earth Clinic at the Earth Institute.