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Working Paper—Since the early 1990s, disparities in Social Security claim ages has grown, with high earners increasingly likely to delay claiming. A SCEPA working paper explores the returns and effects of claiming Social Security earlier versus delaying claiming these benefits.
Working Paper—Time spent unemployed can have a profound impact on the quality of a worker's life, future, and family. SCEPA's latest working paper focuses on gender and racial disparities in the time it takes to find work and how these periods are impacted by unemployment insurance.

Research note— New research shows that even before the COVID-19 recession, 55.3 percent of workers age 55 and up in the bottom half of the income distribution were forced to leave the workforce and 32.4 percent in the next 40% of the income distribution – the middle class – were forced out of work in old age.

This year’s materials for the G20 Summit include a SCEPA research paper co-written by Willi Semmler, the Director of SCEPA’s Economics of Climate Change project. The paper investigates how to recover the European Union (EU)’s sense of common aims after the Covid-19 crisis to address challenges such as long-term scarring of the labor market, Climate Change, European social and health care system and sustainability of sovereign debt. 

The World Bank published a report authored by a team of New School economists that investigates fiscal policies to help us move from a high-carbon economy to a low-carbon economy while minimizing financial instability.

Working Paper—The popular EITC program is credited with encouraging employment and reducing poverty. But a SCEPA working paper suggests it may also reduce wages for low-education workers, including older workers who do not receive EITC benefits at the same rate as younger workers.

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