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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.
In honor of the anniversary of John Maynard Keynes' 1931 lectures at the New School for Social Research, the Robert Heilbroner Memorial Lecture was dedicated to the examination of economic theory and how it has contributed to the current economic crisis. Edward Nell, Malcolm B. Smith Professor of Economics at the NSSR, spoke about the arguments Keynes made in his New School lectures and how Keynes was beginning to formulate his theories of aggregate demand and governmental policy prescriptions.
SCEPA was proud to co-host the annual on November 5-6, 2011. The workshop gives graduate students from both schools the opportunity to present and discuss their research in a collaborative environment. This year’s topics included world population growth and economic development, economic imbalances, debt sustainability, analysis of the Fed’s bailout, as well as a roundtable on Occupy Wall Street.
SCEPA Fellow Jeff Madrick's Letter to the Editor entitled "Capitalism for its Own Sake is Not the Target of Protests" is in response to a November 16th Financial Times article entitled "Authorities Move against Occupy Protests" by Shannon Bond and Tom Burgis. Madrick makes the point that protesters for the most part are not against capitalism per se, but are aligned against unfettered capitalism.
"Rarely have these protesters condemned capitalism. Inequality, yes. Bank bail-outs and foreclosures, yes. Lack of jobs, yes. Quite a few have personally told me they are not against capitalism. What they are against is wild, unfettered capitalism. And that is what we've had for 20 to 30 years."