Policy and Research Papers
I do research including original economics work, policy briefs, broad intellectual statements, and more. Here is an incomplete list of some of the policy and research papers I have done:
The Federal Reserve has been and will be vital in addressing multiple economic crises: the COVID-19 pandemic, long-standing structural racism, and the worsening effects of climate change. To address these concerns successfully, the Federal Reserve must do the following.
The recent bill introduced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tries to stem the current economic crisis. [...] We can evaluate the bill along these lines.
We focus on the nature of the economic crisis, and also assess the wisdom and viability of short-term relief efforts and the long-term need to build a more resilient economy.
Ultimately, the authors debunk neoliberals’ arguments, tracking them against recent research by leading scholars of economic inequality to show how neoliberalism has failed to deliver its promises of increased economic growth, equality, and mobility.
In the new report, the authors argue that it is essential for the Fed to further expand its scope and develop an even broader monetary policy toolkit than was employed during the Great Recession. They suggest six approaches they believe the Federal Reserve—and Congress—should adopt.
The erosion in labor mobility and entrepreneurship since 2000 can be more accurately explained by weak demand, especially during the slow recovery from the two previous recessions. These economic trends, in turn, should be investigated and understood through a lens of power shifting in favor of the owners and managers of incumbent firms alongside rising profits and inter-firm inequality.
Outlines a policy agenda designed to rewrite the rules that shape the corporate and financial sectors and improve implementation and enforcement of existing regulations.
Defining Financialization by Roosevelt Fellow Mike Konczal and Director of Programs Nell Abernathy aims to establish a solid definition of financialization that can serve as the foundation for future research and advocacy.
The conclusion is clear: piecemeal policy change will not do. To improve economic performance and create shared prosperity, we must rewrite the rules of our economy.
Americans for Financial Reform/Roosevelt Institute
The proper regulation of capital requirements has the ability to hit six different financial reform birds, all with one stone.
The fundamental ideological conflict surrounding the Welfare State in the U.S. is no longer over the scope of government, but instead how the government carries out its responsibilities and delivers services.
But a wave of research has recently found that unemployment and slow growth are connected to the aftermath of the housing bubble collapse as well as the deleveraging resulting from dealing with bad debts.
When analyzed by occupation, much of women’s disproportionate job loss can be explained by the jobs cut in the category “office and administrative support occupations.”
In this paper we take a macroscopic view of the labor market. We find that, for the first time since we can find data on the topic, starting at the beginning of 2009 it is more likely that an unemployment person will drop out of the labor force rather than become employed.
A recent paper by Alberto F. Alesina and Silvia Ardagna (2009), “Large Changes in Fiscal Policy: Taxes Versus Spending” (henceforth A & A), looks at a cross section of deficit reduction policies among different countries. [...] However, upon a further examination of the data such a conclusion is unmerited.
Here are six essential goals for financial reform, plus a look at where each stands in the House and the Senate.
The Senate bill is lacking in many of the essential areas for reform. Here are specific, targeted ways of strengthening the Senate bill.