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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.
In a May 20, 2012, New York Times' video piece, More Men Enter Fields Dominated by Women, SCEPA Director Teresa Ghilarducci explains why more men are entering jobs in the 'pink collar' sector:
"...that is where jobs are growing. Also, the jobs that women dominate are in such high demand that the pay is increasing....Younger men aren't saddled with the sexism that older workers might have been. Working with a woman or being supervised by a woman isn't seen as demeaning."
On May 4, 2012, SCEPA joined the Economics Student Union of the The New School for Social Research Economics Department to host a panel discussion with the economics faculty, "Vision in Heterodox Economics." The panel included faculty members Ed Nell, Anwar Shaikh, Duncan Foley, Teresa Ghilarducci, Sanjay Reddy and Christian Proaño and was moderated by economics student and SCEPA Assistant Lisa Selca.
André Semmler, a participant in SCEPA's 2012 conference, The Bottom Line on Climate Change, wrote a blog post for The Energy Collective discussing the future of renewables in Japan. The May 3, 2012 blog, "After Fukushima: Will a New Feed-In Tariff Solve Japan's Energy Issues?" zeros in on legislation designed to fill the gap left by reduced nuclear power with a new feed-in tariff to support renewable energy. The policy is expected to pass in early July 2012. Semmler goes through the pros and cons of the policy and discusses possible pricing:
"The enactment of the policy has already been approved by the upper chamber. However, its most important element is still being debated: the exact price of the feed-in tariff. While provisions such as guaranteed grid-access and long-term contracts for electricity produced are common elements in feed-in tariffs around the world, the purchase prices which are currently being proposed by businesses and industry associations are surprisingly high."
Semmler is author of the upcoming book, Renewable Energy in Japan: New Competition in the Energy Market.