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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 Tuesday, April 19, 2011
SCEPA fellow Jeff Madrick's upcoming book, "Age of Greed" doesn't go on sale until May 31, 2011 but is already being praised for its clear and thoughtful account of the recent economic disaster. Madrick gives a lucid narrative on what happened and who was responsible for the severe recession and the consequences affecting many because of the actions of a few.
- Published on Thursday, April 14, 2011
US News and World Report's retirement writer Emily Brandon gives retirement tips to low income workers and shows that you don't need a large income to build a nest egg. Included in her advice is Teresa Ghilarducci's recommendation to minimize investment costs by choosing funds with low expense ratios.
- Published on Monday, April 11, 2011
Robert Hiltonsmith, Policy Analyst for Demos and team member of SCEPA's Guaranteeing Retirement Income Project, published an opinion article in Newsday on April 8th, titled, "(401)k is a Bad Option for Any Worker."
The article delves into the debate that many state governments now face: how to reform state retirement plans to ensure sustainability. Many have proposed that governments follow the lead of the private sector and move towards a 401(k) system, but Hiltonsmith argues that high administration costs for 401(k)-type plans give states reason to stop and consider other alternatives.
Hiltonsmith is author of a comprehensive report from Demos on the failures of (401)k's to provide American workers with adequate retirement income. Click below for the full article.