Insights Blog

On TuesdayNovember 7th, ReLab Director and economist Teresa Ghilarducci joined the "Adam Ruins Everything" show to discuss the failure of our retirement system.

SCEPA’s Retirement Equity Lab (ReLab) was honored to be chosen to participate in AARP’s Social Security Innovation Challenge.

Teresa Ghilarducci, labor economist and director of SCEPA's Retirement Equity Lab (ReLab), made the following statement regarding Congressional Republicans' proposal to cut contribution limits for 401(k) retirement savings contributions:

SCEPA Economist and New School Professor Duncan Foley receives the 2017 Guggenheim Prize in Economics for “major contribution to the field.”

Willi Semmler, director of SCEPA's Economics of Climate Change Project and economics professor at The New School, spent his summer in Laxenburg and Vienna working in a new role as senior researcher at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) on climate change issues. The IIASA is an international scientific institute that conducts research into the critical issues of global environmental, climate change, inequality, poverty, technological, and social change that we face in the twenty-first century. Currently, the IIASA is the main research center investigating the urgent question of how to act to achieve the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

Professor Semmler’s research this summer investigated green bonds, the transition to a low-carbon economy, and intergenerational fairness. He gave a talk in a workshop at the IIASA sharing the research results and worked on a research proposal entitled, "Enabling Investment for Fair Climate Policies."

Due to lack of coverage and a systemic reliance on defined contribution plans, workers do not have enough saved for retirement.

What is the “retirement wealth inequality machine?”


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