SCEPA's Research Associates

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Aida Farmand is a PhD student in the economics department at the New School for Social Research. She is currently a research assistant in the SCEPA Retirement Equity Lab. Her research interests include development economics, macro-econometrics, and public finance. Aida received a BS in mathematics from the State University of New York at Albany.



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Flávia Leite holds a MSc in Urban Policy Analysis and Management from the New School (2017) and a BA in economics from the University of São Paulo (2014). She is currently working as an advisor at São Paulo Parcerias, a mixed capital company linked to the municipality of São Paulo, Brazil. She is also a research assistant at SCEPA, investigating the financing structure and impacts of the Hudson Yards Project in NYC. Her areas of specialization are urban planning and development and housing policy. Previously she served as an analyst at P3urb, a Brazilian Consultancy, as Public Policy fellow for the Citizens Budget Commission in NYC and interned for the International Finance Corporation (IFC- The World Bank).

Michael Papadopoulos

Michael Papadopoulos is a PhD student in the economics department at The New School for Social Research. His research interests include racial and gender disparity in the labor markets of developing countries, and sustainable development strategy. In collaboration with St. John's University and the University of Dayton Human Rights Center, his previous work involved studying forced labor in Latin America, for which he created an index of the relative vulnerability of workers to forced labor. Michael graduated from St. John's University with a BS in economics in May of 2014.

Julia PuaschunderJulia Puaschunder is a PhD student in the economics department at The New School for Social Research. Her prospective thesis focuses on a macroeconomic intergenerational equity model with an emphasis on the social, environmental and economic aspects. She works with Professor Willi Semmler on the Economics of Climate Change project. Prior to joining The New School, Julia served on the faculty of the Vienna University of Economics and Business Department of Global Business and Trade as well as the Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences Center for the Environment. Julia was educated as a psychologist coupled with business and public administration in Europe and the US.

Siavash RadpourSiavash Radpour is a PhD student in the economics department at The New School for Social Research. He currently works in the SCEPA Retirement Equity Lab on current retirement options and their impact on the labor market. His research interests include institutional economics, development economics, macroeconomic modeling, and macro and micro econometrics. He received his MA in economics and business from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and Corvinus University of Budapest.

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Bernard L. Schwartz

Bernard L. Schwartz is chairman and CEO of BLS Investments, LLC, a private investment firm. He also manages the investments of the Bernard and Irene Schwartz Foundation, which mainly supports higher education, medical research and New York City-based cultural organizations. He promotes the development of U.S. economic policy initiatives through investment in educational institutions, think tanks and advocacy organizations. 

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SCEPA works to focus the public economics debate on the role government can and should play in the real productive economy - that of business, management, and labor - to raise living standards, create economic security, and attain full employment.