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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.
- Published on Friday, April 08, 2011
SCEPA fellow Jeff Madrick's new piece in The New York Review of Books provides an analysis of the recent report by the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (FCIC) and it's many revelations of unethical practices by Wall Street bankers and the systematic tolerance of such abuses by regulators.
"Written by the six members appointed by congressional Democrats, the FCIC report concludes, 'The crisis was the result of human action and inaction, not of Mother Nature or computer models gone haywire.' Many readers would think the conclusion obvious. But Wall Street professionals repeatedly claimed that similar crises occurred frequently in the history of modern capitalism, that they are merely the price paid for a dynamic and innovative economic system, and that individuals were not to blame. They thus minimized their own responsibility for the events and cast doubt on the need for significantly more intense regulation of their activities. The FCIC majority dismisses such arguments."
- Published on Tuesday, April 05, 2011
SCEPA's director, Teresa Ghilarducci, participated in a panel at the Urban Institute titled "Can We Boost Retirement Security for Low-Income Workers?" She was joined by fellow panelists Barbara Butrica, senior research associate, Program on Retirement Policy at the Urban Institute; Mark Iwry, deputy assistant secretary for retirement and health policy, U.S. Department of the Treasury; David John, senior research fellow, Heritage Foundation and Sheila Zedlewski, Institute fellow, Income and Benefits Policy Center, Urban Institute. She discussed her proposal for Guaranteed Retirement Accounts (GRAs) and how it would help low-income workers retire.
- Published on Tuesday, April 05, 2011
- Joseph Tomlinson is an actuary and a financial planner with 25 years of experience working for John Hancock Financial Services. He completed his career there as vice president in charge of the annuity business. Ten years ago he decided to make a career move to work more directly with clients. He went through the education and examination process to become a Certified Financial Planner practitioner, and then set up Tomlinson Financial Planning, LLC. His focus as a planner has been on retirement planning working with retirees and others approaching retirement.
Over the past few years he has taken his extensive experience servicing his financial clients and applied it to research that helps understand the way financial products can be better formulated to help people retire securely. Many of the key features of his plans to reform retirement planning are based on the same principles that guide SCEPA Director Teresa Ghilarducci's proposed pension reform plans.