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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, March 01, 2011
Darrick Hamilton, a SCEPA Faculty Research Fellow and Professor at Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy, joined the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) in a program to discuss the low wages of black workers. He joined a distinguished panel to present the results of his paper with co-authors Algernon Austin and William Darity Jr., titled Whiter Jobs, Higher Wages:Occupational Segregation and the Lower Wages of Black Men."
EPI's Program on Race, Ethnicity and the Economy conducts a detailed exploration of the low wages of black workers by examining the non-college labor market, the wages of black immigrants, and the wages of black men in different occupations. The event unveiled the findings of two new studies that hold popular perceptions about blacks in the low-wage labor market up to vigorous analysis.
Hamilton's co-panelists included Pamela J. Loprest, Urban Institute, Co-author of Working for Cents on the Dollar: Race and Ethnic Wage Gaps in the Noncollege Labor Market and Patrick L. Mason, Florida State University, Co-author of The Low Wages of Black Immigrants: Wage Penalties for U.S.-Born and Foreign-Born Black Workers.
- Published on Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Willi Semmler, a professor of economics in NSSR and a faculty fellow of the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis (SCEPA), received a second grant to facilitate his research on the economics of climate change.
The Alex C. Walker Foundation, concerned with economic imbalances and protecting our environment, became a first-time funder of The New School in its support of SCEPA's 2010 conference, The Economics of Climate Change, led by Semmler. The event established an international platform for a post-Copenhagen discussion of the urgency of climate change and the need to overcome a standoff in negotiations. For more information, please read SCEPA's online report to the Walker Foundation.
The foundation considered the program such a success, they have partnered with Semmler and SCEPA to prepare a second workshop on September 23 and 24th of 2011. This event will bring together government officials, policy analysts, business leaders and academics from different countries and institutions to address how countries and economies can transition from high carbon intensive technology to low carbon intensive technology. The workshop will be split into four topics, including ongoing research on alternative energy policies, the cost of alternative energy supplies in the transitional stage, desirable sources of low CO2 energy supply in the final stage, and the impact of the diverse energy policies on employment.
Additionally, Semmler recently secured support from Oxford University Press to create the Oxford Handbook of the Macroeconomics of Global Warming. This will contain contributions presented at the two conferences and additional contributions from well- known experts in the field.
- Published on Tuesday, February 22, 2011
SCEPA Research Assistant Daniela Arias and SCEPA Director Teresa Ghilarducci's new paper entitled "Pension Reform's Stake in Employers" is an important look at the primary issues employers face when offering pension plans or individual accounts. The report documents the erosion of private employer pension contributions and suggests that industry behavior matters most in a firm's decision on how to structure employee pensions. The document also evaluates the literature on the American retirement system and identifies the various reasons employers sponsor pensions and examines trends in private employer pension contributions using data from four sources: the Bureau of Labor Statistics' National Compensation Survey (NCS), the Current Population Survey (CPS), tax filings from Form 5500, and the Health and Retirement Study (HRS).