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Institute Grant Recipients Honored For Their Work

The Institute for New Economic Thinking is proud to congratulate three of its researchers – Mariana Mazzucato, Duncan Foley, and Lance Taylor – for their recent honors. Read more

Development and Underdevelopment in Postwar Europe

The question of underdevelopment and development policies in postwar Europe will be the theme of a workshop organized by Michele Alacevich, Sandrine Kott, and Mark Mazower, at Columbia University, the Heyman Center for the Humanities, Friday, October 10, 2014. The program is available here. Below are some of Alacevich’s insights on the issue leading up the event: Read more

The torch that wouldn't burn - UCLA in 1968

New Research Shows Pollution Inequality in America is Even Worse Than Income Inequality

James K. Boyce, professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, directs the environment program of the Political Economy Research Institute, where his research focuses on the effects of inequalities of wealth and power and the dynamics of conflict. His work includes the Toxic 100 Air Polluters, an index identifying the top U.S. air polluters among the world's largest corporations. Read more

FT Features Institute’s CORE Economics Reform Project

The Financial Times turned a spotlight on the curriculum reform movement in economics on Tuesday, with a particular emphasis on the efforts of the Institute for New Economic Thinking.

The story focuses on the CORE project headed by Wendy Carlin at University College London. It also notes the high profile members of the economics community who support the push for a new economics curriculum, including Institute Advisory Board members Joseph Stiglitz and Andy Haldane. Read more

2014 Grant Round Announced

The Institute for New Economic Thinking aims to foster open discourse and to advance new thinking on economic issues and theory. The Institute’s notion of new economic thinking is deliberately open and non-dogmatic. Our hope is to support research that transforms our understanding of major economic problems and improves analysis of policy. Read more

Yes Or No, Scottish Independence Will Remain an Issue For U.K.

Today is the day. Today the world will learn the definitive answer as to whether Scotland will remain a part of the United Kingdom or launch the first step toward independence.

The most recent polls seem to indicate a narrow margin of victory for the No side, but it's too close to call, especially given the huge turnout and the size of the youth vote (16 is the voting age minimum for the referendum.) Read more

The Flummery of Capital-Requirement Repairs Since The Crisis

Government safety nets give protected institutions an implicit subsidy and intensify incentives for value-maximizing boards and managers to risk the ruin of their firms. Standard accounting statements do not record the value of this subsidy and forcing subsidized institutions to show more accounting capital will do little to curb their enhanced appetite for tail risk.  Read more

To Boost Investment, End SEC Rule Encouraging Buybacks

The New York Times is having a "Room For Debate" discussion on its Opinion Page about how corporations should handle profits based on the Harvard Business Review article “Profits Without Prosperity” by William Lazonick of the University of Massachusetts Lowell, who is a grantee of the Institute for New Economic Thinking. Read more