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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.
Getting It Right: Empirical Evidence and Policy Implications from Research on Public-Sector Unionism and Collective Bargaining
- Published on Monday, March 28, 2011
A new paper co-authored by SCEPA's director Teresa Ghilarducci delves into the public-policy debate about public-sector unionism and collective bargaining. "The debate largely centers on the extent to which public employee unions have contributed to this crisis through the pay and benefits they have negotiated for public employees. The role of government as employer is connected in this debate to the role of government as a taxing authority and provider of public services. These roles are often claimed to be in conflict with one another — that is, governments as employers are seen as not exercising the same due diligence in setting pay and benefits as private-sector employers. The research evidence indicates, however, that these claims about public employment are based on incomplete and in some cases inaccurate understanding."
- Published on Monday, March 28, 2011
SCEPA fellow Jeff Madrick's forthcoming book, "Age of Greed: The Triumph of Finance and the Decline of America" was just named to Publisher's Weekly top ten economics and business books for the spring. In the book, Madrick traces the lineage of some of our nation's most pressing economic problems and shows how a culture of greed developed and grew to dominate finance and the economy.
- Published on Thursday, March 24, 2011
On March 22, 2011, economist and author Ha-Joon Chang gave a lecture at The New School as part of the SCEPA / Economics Spring Lecture Series on Economic Recovery. Chang is an economist and an author of numerous books on topics including capitalism, develpoment, and free trade. His presentation related to his latest book, "23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalsim."
"23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism" assaults economic orthodoxy. A guide to the follies of economics, Chang explains that free market policies rarely make poor countries richer; global companies without national roots belong in the realm of myth; the US does not have the highest living standards in the world; the washing machine changed the world more than the internet; more education does not of itself make countries richer; financial markets need to become less, not more efficient; and – perhaps most shocking to Chang's colleagues – good economic policy does not require good economists.
View Ha-Joon Chang's presentation.