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Anat Shenker-Osorio
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Anat is a communications expert, researcher and political pundit whose work is changing the way progressives talk about everything from immigration to international arms control. She is the author of, "Don't Buy It: The Trouble with Talking Nonsense about the Economy."

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Entries by Anat Shenker-Osorio

Love Thy Economy as Thyself

(2) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 2:58 PM

At the 1992 Republican National Convention, then Vice Presidential nominee Dan Quayle summed up his thoughts on taxing those with greatest wealth at higher rates with the line "why should the best people be punished?" This rare candor spotlights the beliefs still central in today's economic policymaking.


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Is Curbing Women's Rights the Path to Gender Equality?

(10) Comments | Posted July 13, 2011 | 7:19 PM

We can no longer afford to ignore the growing use of technology to select for boys and against girls in Asia and elsewhere. One hundred sixty million girls never born, testosterone-fueled societies and a future of seven brides for seventy brothers is indeed cause for alarm. Mara Hvistendahl's...
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Driving Mr. Krugman: How We Talk About the Economy

(3) Comments | Posted December 14, 2010 | 1:15 PM

In a world gone wrong, at least we can count on Paul Krugman. The Nobel Laureate eviscerates the convoluted logic behind the proposed economic policy fiasco dressed up as a stimulus plan. He also lays out a critical notion about policy-making: the ways we describe things...

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You Say Tax Cut... Let's Call the Whole Thing Off

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2010 | 12:41 PM

This post originally appeared in New Deal 2.0

A former colleague and I would routinely confuse each other in the simplest of office exchanges. When we needed to change a meeting time from say 2 to 3pm, I would request this by stating "let's push the meeting back...

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The Long Wait: What Legal Immigration Requires of Families

(52) Comments | Posted August 12, 2010 | 3:33 PM

This piece was originally an audio essay that aired on Northern California's PBS station.

I'm not good at waiting. If I could, I'd have this recognized an official ADA condition and get special license plates and an intimidating helper animal to propel me to the front of all...

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One Economy That Works for All

(12) Comments | Posted July 30, 2010 | 11:30 AM

This article first appeared in New Deal 2.0

Our leaders have finally managed to extend unemployment benefits to the long-term jobless. A look into these numbers reveals which folks are stuck in the ICU, nowhere near the economic "recovery" some pundits are ready to declare. African Americans are...

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Stoking Racist Xenophobia for Political Gain

(9) Comments | Posted March 31, 2010 | 2:06 PM

Steve Poizner has clearly taken a page from a handbook on propaganda in his latest ad bating us to pin our economic troubles on illegal immigrants. This ad, the third in a series using different words to convey this same simplistic and racist idea, is another attempt to...

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I Do, Unfortunately, He Doesn't: Name Changing and Egalitarian Marriage

(6) Comments | Posted March 25, 2010 | 2:09 PM

To commemorate Women's History Month, the Roosevelt Institute's New Deal 2.0 blog asked me to reflect on past accomplishments and explore today's key challenges as part of its ongoing 'Feminomics' series. Here's my take on marriage and what's really in a name.

Much has been made...

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Life Is Not a Zero-Sum Game

(6) Comments | Posted March 9, 2010 | 12:31 PM

Note: Much appreciation to Rebecca Adamson who triggered me to tackle this topic.

If you've muddled through microeconomics, you may recall kicking things off with General Equilibrium Theory also known as Walrasian Equilibrium -- or, without any hint of irony, General Welfare Theory. This has as its foundation...

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Deficit Spending at Home

(5) Comments | Posted February 17, 2010 | 11:43 PM

These days, when talk turns to funding anything, debate hinges on whether we can afford it. The deficit looms large in these discussions. Be afraid, very afraid. I will leave whether and when the deficit should concern us to the economists. But all of us have the right and duty...

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Feminomics: On Botox, Motherhood, and Unemployment

(6) Comments | Posted December 23, 2009 | 10:26 AM

From an economic standpoint, will 2010 be the year of the woman? As part of the Roosevelt Institute's ongoing 'Feminomics' series, running on the New Deal 2.0 blog, I was asked to reflect on women's changing roles in the economy. Here's my take on why fairness for working...

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