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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, December 07, 2010
Reporter Ezra Klein writes about retirement security in his pieces for The Washington Post and Newsweek. In the articles, he writes about the need to secure retirement income and quotes Robert Hiltonsmith from Demos, SCEPA’s partner in the Guaranteeing Retirement Income Project.
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- Published on Friday, December 03, 2010
Envy is a celebrity deadly sin; many philosophers think it's the worst. Joseph Epstein writes in Envy, "Envy clouds thought, clobbers generosity, precludes any hope of serenity, and ends in shriveling the heart."
Jealous is intensely felt. You are jealous of what someone has. Envy is cold and sneaky. You are envious for who someone is, not just for what they have. Jealousy about the pensions of government workers spurs you to fight for your own pensions. Envy would spur you to spitefully lobby to cut their pensions. A dose of jealousy helps you; envy hurts us all.
The envy machine is cranked up.
- Published on Tuesday, November 30, 2010
David Segal’s recent New York Times article, “Some Very Creative Economic Fix-Its,” gives examples of how different academics see the economy moving forward from the Great Recession. Included in the article are Teresa Ghilarducci’s thoughts on the economic growth that will come from the baby-boomer generation’s golden years. “They’re going to be spending a lot on health care, to forestall disease, to make themselves look younger. Low-end services, high-end services. CT scans, face lifts, bionic knees. We all think that health care is a high percent of gross domestic product now, but we ain’t seen nothing yet.”