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Economic Policy

Tackling Inequality: Tony Atkinson Wins the EIB Prize

Dr. Alessio J.G. Brown | Posted 08.06.2015 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 07.13.2015 | 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 06.23.2015 | 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 06.03.2015 | 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 06.02.2015 | 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.

What to Expect at COP-20 in Lima

Robert Stavins | Posted 06.03.2015 | Green
Robert Stavins

On Monday, December 1, the Twentieth Conference of the Parties (COP-20) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) commence...

Neighborhood "Exit Strategies" Are Incomplete

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics
Tiziana Dearing

We have heard a lot in the last couple of weeks about the impact neighborhoods may have on the outcomes of children who grow up in them. New research reinforces the idea that neighborhoods do matter.

The Final Stage of IPCC AR5 -- Last Week's Outcome in Copenhagen

Robert Stavins | Posted 05.18.2015 | Green
Robert Stavins

First of all, here's the simplest headline statement: Things improved significantly at the Synthesis Report (SYR) government approval sessions in Copenhagen last week, but in saying this, I am only referring to the material for which I've been responsible. Let me explain.

The UN Climate Summit and a Key Issue for the 2015 Paris Agreement

Robert Stavins | Posted 05.04.2015 | Green
Robert Stavins

The following post was originally published on Sept. 27, 2014, on Robert Stavins' personal blog. World leaders converged at the United Nations in New...

Polls: The Middle Class Likes Profit Sharing

Joseph Blasi | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics
Joseph Blasi

Polls and surveys show that the middle class has a positive attitude towards profit sharing and the whole idea of employee shares. This evidence is important since the idea of middle class profit shares has been percolating up in policy discussions across the country.

Democrats Answer the False Choice of Growth Versus Redistribution With Inclusive Prosperity

Sheri and Allan Rivlin | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics
Sheri and Allan Rivlin

Democrats have not done well at all in telling their story and explaining their policies in a coherent manner. At the same time Republicans have been doing at least as well in addressing their message to the middle class voters.

Ariel Edwards-Levy

Americans Expect The 2016 Elections To Focus On Foreign Policy

HuffingtonPost.com | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 03.05.2015 | Politics

For most voters, the 2014 elections revolved largely around economic issues. But with views of the nation's economy generally growing more favorable, ...

The Policy Goal Whose Name Must Not Be Spoken

Jared Bernstein | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

The word's a dog whistle that releases the hounds, if not the Foxes. And yet, one of my rules of thumb in this work is that when policy does a lot of something and that something cannot be spoken of, we're courting dysfunction and distortion.

It's Not Just the Economy, Stupid

Steven Conn | Posted 02.14.2015 | Politics
Steven Conn

Perhaps the disconnect between what the economy seems to be doing and the way people feel about it is that many don't necessarily agree that our economic condition and our overall happiness are the same thing.

What Democrats Stand For: Four Messages for 2016

Bob Burnett | Posted 02.05.2015 | Politics
Bob Burnett

It shouldn't be difficult for Democrats to remember what they stand for. These four messages support populist values. They also serve to differentiate the likely Democratic presidential candidate from any Republican.

Jason Linkins

The 2014 Election Was About The Economy, And Democrats Have Only Themselves To Blame

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If you want to examine the gnarled roots of the Democrats' 2014 election-night mollywhopping, you should cast your mind back to the fall...

Raising the Minimum Wage

Erica Payne | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
Erica Payne

A minimum wage increase will positively affect a sizable portion of the population, will have a moderate stimulative effect on the economy, and will be easily affordable. And by indexing it to inflation as the Harkin-Miller bill suggests, it would ensure that low income American workers would not risk seeing their wages eroded during the next recession.

Economic Happy Talk and the Politics of Denial

Joel Berg | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics
Joel Berg

Democrats can't seem to get their message straight about the economy. Is it soaring because of the visionary leadership of President Obama, or failing because of the intransigence of Congressional Republicans?

Zach Carter

Elizabeth Warren Attacked By Club For Growth For Supporting Export-Import Bank

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Club For Growth is targeting Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) with a web video attacking her support for the Export-Import Bank, inte...

The Tradeoff Between Inflation and Unemployment: What We Don't Know Can Hurt Us

Jared Bernstein | Posted 09.27.2014 | Business
Jared Bernstein

To assert that economists are having trouble figuring out the relationship between inflation and unemployment is like saying chefs can't figure out what to do with salt and pepper. It's that fundamental. Yet, we're befuddled, and that has powerful policy implications.

Which Side Are You On? Inequality and the Case for Unions

Tim Koechlin | Posted 08.24.2014 | Politics
Tim Koechlin

Republicans tell a tired, cynical story about all of this, insisting that union busting is, somehow, good for the economy and good for workers. It's the same old trickle down nonsense. Democrats, on the other hand, have done too little to defend unions and worker rights.

Is the IPCC Government Approval Process Broken?

Robert Stavins | Posted 06.27.2014 | Green
Robert Stavins

Several of the CLAs present with me in Berlin commented that given the nature and outcome of the week, the resulting document should probably be called the 'summary by policymakers,' rather than the 'summary for policymakers.'

What Can Foreign Investment Really Do for Your Country?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 06.01.2014 | Business
Marcelo Giugale

They generate benefits that go beyond their own businesses -- in technical jargon, they generate "spill-overs" for the rest of the economy. But, what evidence do we have that these spill-overs really exist?

Digital Democracy: Bipartisanship in the Obama Era

Joe Singh | Posted 05.25.2014 | Politics
Joe Singh

There has been a paradigm shift. The expectation of representation has morphed from a law of averages to a demand for gratification.