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The Case for an Infrastructure-Led Jobs and Growth Strategy

  • By
  • Sherle R. Schwenninger,
  • New America Foundation
February 23, 2010

As the Senate takes up a greatly scaled down $15 billion jobs bill stripped of all infrastructure spending, the nation should consider the compelling case for public infrastructure investment offered by Governors Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) and Ed Rendell (D-PA).  Appearing on ABC's Programs:

U.S. and Europe: Shaping a New Model of Economic Development

  • By
  • Sherle R. Schwenninger,
  • New America Foundation
June 1, 2010

The Great Recession of 2008-09 has put enormous strain on the social contracts of Western economies. This paper provides an American perspective on how well the social welfare systems of the United States and the European Union countries have performed in cushioning their populations against the economic dislocations associated with the Great Recession and how effective U.S. and European policy has been in softening the severity of the recession and in creating the conditions for future socio-economic progress.

The American Retirement Security Crisis: An Introduction

  • By
  • Lauren Damme,
  • New America Foundation
May 27, 2010

The Great Recession has battered pensions and home values, leaving millions of Americans facing an uncertain retirement. "But attributing this grim situation solely to the recession would be misleading," writes Lauren Damme.

What’s Wrong (And Right)

  • By
  • Sherle R. Schwenninger,
  • Samuel Sherraden,
  • New America Foundation
May 24, 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long-term Consequences of Economic Fluctuations

  • By Jeffrey G. Madrick, Senior Fellow, The Schwartz Center and William T. Dickens, Distinguished Professor of Economics and Social Policy, Northeastern University
May 20, 2010

To read working papers from the Bernard Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis, please click here.

American Capitalism 6.0: The Search for a New Model

  • By
  • Michael Lind,
  • New America Foundation
May 18, 2010 |

What a difference a global economic collapse makes. Only a decade ago in the 1990s, many opinion leaders proclaimed the triumph of the American model of capitalism. The end of the Cold War replaced the battle of capitalism and communism with a battle of capitalism against capitalism.

Facing an American Retirement Security Crisis

  • By
  • Lauren Damme,
  • New America Foundation
May 17, 2010

There are three main sources of retirement security upon which Americans depend: pensions, non-financial assets (usually homes), and Social Security. Pensions are the least broadly distributed asset: only 34.2 percent of Americans 65 and over earn pension income, while 54 percent have income from assets and over 85 percent receive Social Security payments.[1]

Unemployment is Here to Stay

  • By
  • Reihan Salam,
  • New America Foundation
May 11, 2010 |

Last month's jobs report was a head-scratcher, at least on the surface. After adding roughly 290,000 jobs, the unemployment rate actually inched up to 9.9%. The reason is actually fairly simple. The unemployment rate only captures the number of people who are active job-seekers. In a deep downturn there are many workers so discouraged by the state of the labor market that they choose not to pound the pavement in search of jobs that will never materialize. But when the economy perks up it's only natural that more of these would-be workers become active job-seekers.

Open Borders or High-wage Welfare State

  • By
  • Michael Lind,
  • New America Foundation
May 4, 2010 |

Arizona's new immigration law has provoked a firestorm of denunciation from progressives. The portion of the law that allows police to stop and question individuals who might be illegal immigrants has rightly been denounced as encouraging racial profiling. That provision is all too reminiscent of "vagrancy" and "loitering" laws from the segregationist South, which gave law enforcement officers broad discretion in harassing and arresting blacks and low-income whites.

The Worrying Return of Inequality

  • By
  • Sherle R. Schwenninger,
  • Lauren Damme,
  • New America Foundation
April 13, 2010
Over the past three decades, inequality in the United States increased dramatically, reaching Robber Baron-era proportions in 2007 at the height of the housing and credit bubble.
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