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Economic Policy

Déjà vu All Over Again: The GOP Prepares to Make the Rich Even Richer

Tim Koechlin | Posted 01.23.2017 | Politics
Tim Koechlin

As the Republican Congress begins to execute its latest attack on poor and middle class Americans (the repeal of the Affordable Care Act; cuts in educ...

Why Are Governments Talking About "Structural Reform"?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 10.20.2016 | Home
Marcelo Giugale

It is late 2016. All indicators point to a world economy that will remain weak next year and in the longer term, in advanced and developing countries alike. Governments are feeling the pressure from voters to deliver faster economic growth--and plenty of jobs.

This Is Not A Time For Political Neutrality

Robert Stavins | Posted 10.14.2016 | Green
Robert Stavins

In my view, that would be a mistake. The fate of the United States and the fate of the world are really in our hands. If you are an independent, please do not sit out this election. It is much too important.

Why Working Parents Should Be Happy About Trump's Weak Child Care Proposal

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 08.09.2016 | Politics

Here’s the surest sign yet that child care is becoming a serious issue in American politics: Even Donald Trump is talking about it. On Monday, Trump...

Elizabeth Warren Was Not Pleased With Donald Trump's Economic Policy Speech

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 01.04.2017 | Politics

Frequent Donald Trump attacker Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) returned to form on Monday, this time with a strong rebuttal to the GOP presidential no...

Trump's Big Economic Policy Address Is Short On Specifics, Other Than Help For Wealthy

The Huffington Post | Ben Walsh | Posted 08.09.2016 | Business

After spending a week picking a fight with the parents of a fallen soldier, Donald Trump on Monday tried to reinvigorate his campaign with an economic...

Donald Trump Stood In Front Of A Giant Metaphor To Talk About Economic Policy

The Huffington Post | Shane Ferro | Posted 06.29.2016 | Business

Yes, he is standing in front of a wall of garbage, why do you ask? I just turned on my TV and saw Donald Trump standing in front of a giant pile of g...

Think Tankers' Trump Dilemma: Shun Him, Or (Try To) Change Him?

The Huffington Post | S.V. Dáte | Posted 06.24.2016 | Politics

Back in the Cold War days, a big debate among the nation’s think tanks was how to deal with communist countries: Was it better to isolate them? Or w...

Has the Left Run its Course in Latin America?

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 05.10.2016 | Home
Mark Weisbrot

Is this true? The short answer is no. It is true that Latin America has been affected by the ups and downs of the global economy: The regional economy was basically flat in 2015, and is projected to shrink by 0.5 percent this year. But this is not the main story.

What Do Rich People Want?

Richard North Patterson | Posted 04.12.2016 | Politics
Richard North Patterson

When it comes to their political beliefs and influence, the rich are very different indeed. And the ways in which they are different have deep implications for "you and me" in 2016 and beyond.

Hillary Clinton's Edge On Foreign Policy Doesn't Matter Much To Voters

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 02.17.2016 | Politics

Recent Democratic debates have tended to play out in two acts: a foreign policy section that allows Hillary Clinton to tout her experience as secre...

Time to Focus on Individual Economic-Well Being of/for All

Frank Islam | Posted 02.07.2017 | Impact
Frank Islam

In conventional thinking about the economy, standard assumptions include: Economic growth creates jobsJobs create individual prosperityA rising tide ...

Weather and Economics

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 12.14.2016 | Politics
Jerry Jasinowski

Weather and economics are similar in that they are difficult to forecast in the near term but the job gets easier the further out you look. For example, we may or may not have a white Christmas, no one knows, but the long term the forecast is warm and warmer.

The Biggest Blow To Obamacare Yet Could Come From Democrats

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 12.08.2015 | Politics

Congress is on the brink of taking a big bite out of the Affordable Care Act, after more than five years of mostly futile efforts by Republicans to we...

The American Hunger Games: Top Republican Candidates Take Economic Policy Into the Wilderness

Nomi Prins | Posted 11.29.2016 | Politics
Nomi Prins

Certainly, there has never been a stranger or more unsettling Republican campaign for the presidential nomination or one more filled with economic balderdash and showmanship.

Economic Development, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Andre Averbug | Posted 11.11.2016 | Business
Andre Averbug

What is the common ground between the economic prosperity of the Netherlands in the XVII-XVIII centuries, nineteenth century England, twentieth century U.S. and, more recently, countries such as South Korea, Singapore and Israel?

The Papal Encyclical and Climate Change Policy

Robert Stavins | Posted 11.02.2016 | Green
Robert Stavins

The Pope is to be commended for taking global climate change seriously, and for drawing more world attention to the issue. There is much about the encyclical that is commendable, but where it drifts into matters of public policy, I fear that it is -- unfortunately -- not helpful.

Families, Not Services, Lead Change

Mauricio Lim Miller | Posted 09.28.2016 | Impact
Mauricio Lim Miller

Programs cannot replicate the innovation, ingenuity and cultural appropriateness of what families do for themselves. Further, programs cannot provide the ongoing emotional support that peers provide.

Worker Productivity Keeps Rising. Pay, Not So Much.

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 09.02.2015 | Politics

American workers’ economic productivity continues to grow much faster than their pay, according to a new study published Wednesday. This divergence,...

Tackling Inequality: Tony Atkinson Wins the EIB Prize

Dr. Alessio J.G. Brown | Posted 08.05.2016 | Business
Dr. Alessio J.G. Brown

The Luxembourg-based European Investment Bank Institute has announced that Sir Anthony B. Atkinson (Nuffield College, Oxford) will receive the 2015 EIB Outstanding Contribution Award for excellence in economic and social research.

Jonathan Cohn

Hillary To Jeb Bush: The Problem Is CEOs, Not Their Workers | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics

Jeb Bush got a lot of attention last week when he suggested that Americans who want higher living standards need to work harder. During a speech o...

A Key Moment Is Coming for the IPCC's Future

Robert Stavins | Posted 07.12.2016 | Green
Robert Stavins

Now is an important moment to think carefully about the path ahead for the much-maligned and much-celebrated IPCC, because in early October of this year, the 195 member countries of the IPCC will meet in plenary in Dubrovnik, Croatia, to elect a new Chair.

The Foundational Tension That Drives Economic Divisions

Sheri and Allan Rivlin | Posted 06.23.2016 | Politics
Sheri and Allan Rivlin

The inherent tension, buried deep in the foundational structure of our capitalist democracy, is the perpetual tension between one-person-one-vote democracy, and one-dollar-one-vote capitalism.

Assessing the Energy-Efficiency Gap

Robert Stavins | Posted 06.02.2016 | Green
Robert Stavins

Global energy consumption is on a path to grow 30-50 percent over the next 25 years, bringing with it, in many countries, increased local air pollution, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and oil consumption, as well as higher energy prices.

When Reasonable Policy Discussions Become Unreasonable Personal Attacks

Robert Stavins | Posted 06.02.2016 | Green
Robert Stavins

It is ironic, offensive, and sad that anyone would suggest that my support of Harvard's divestment position is somehow tied to my outside engagements. That suggestion -- and the recent threats I have received -- defies logic and is contradicted by the record.