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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.
Retirement USA is a national initiative working for a new retirement system that, along with Social Security, will provide universal, secure, and adequate income for future retirees. Among the proposals being considered by Retirement USA is the Guaranteed Retirement Account plan developed by Teresa Ghilarducci. TheStreet.com gives an overview of the work being done by Retirement USA.
The solvency of the Social Security System is on the minds of policymakers and lawmakers as millions of baby-boomers get close to retirement. Remedies suggested include increasing the retirement age, but with the age already increasing from 66 to 67, and one-third of Americans over 58 years of age in a physically demanding job, it seems that the ones most impacted by a higher retirement age are the very citizens that need social security the most. In a segment by CBS News on retirement, Teresa Ghilarducci makes the case against raising the retirement age. See Full Report
On September 14th, SCEPA’s Jeff Madrick joined Milano’s Center for New York City Affairs in a conversation about regulating financial institutions with Richard Parsons of Citigroup. You can watch the program here: