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 Thursday, April 21, 2011
SCEPA is partnering with New York City Comptroller John C. Liu on Retirement Security NYC, a major initiative to protect the retirement security of public employees while ensuring the city's financial health by "battling rhetoric with research." The initiative will conduct and publish a series of research studies from SCEPA and the National Institute on Retirement Security (NIRS) that focus on the municipal workforce and pension reform.
Comptroller Liu invited SCEPA to participate in the initiative due to our Retirement Income Security Project (RIS). This project is led by Director Teresa Ghilarducci, a national expert on pensions and retirement issues. Ghilarducci's retirement reform proposal, Guaranteed Retirement Accounts (GRAs), would 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.