Found 472 article(s) in category 'Fiscal Policy'

Discovering and Explaining Systematic Bias and Nontransparency in US Social Security Administration Forecasts

Discovering and Explaining Systematic Bias and Nontransparency in US Social Security Administration Forecasts. Gary King, March 18, 2016, Paper. “Some data shared: in difficult, disorganized, non-automated formats Some impossible to share: informal, qualitative methods; eg, committees choosing huge numbers of adjustable parameters Much could be shared but is not (with the public, the scientific community, US …Link

Tags: , , , , ,

A Conversation With Robert D. Putnam

A Conversation With Robert D. Putnam. Robert Putnam, March 16, 2016, Video. “A best-selling author and professor at the Harvard Kennedy School, Robert Putnam is one of America’s leading political scientists. In recent years, he has written widely on the decline in America’s civic life, and, with it, our capacity for self-government. In this conversation, Putnam discusses his research on declining levels of civic participation in America and presents his interpretation of the reasons for it. Putnam also recalls how actual political developments awakened his interest in political science, and explains how social science might help us address public policy problems,” writes the Foundation for Constitutional Government, the sponsor of the series.Link

Tags: , , , , ,

Who’s Right on US Financial Reform?

Who’s Right on US Financial Reform? Jeffrey Frankel, February 24, 2016, Opinion. “Eight years after triggering a crisis that nearly brought down the global financial system, the United States remains plagued by confusion about what reforms are needed to prevent it from happening again. As Americans prepare to choose their next president, a better understanding of the policy changes that would minimize the risk of future crises – and which politicians are most likely to implement them – is urgently needed.Link

Tags: , , , ,

Institutions, Institutional Change and Economic Performance in Emerging Markets

Institutions, Institutional Change and Economic Performance in Emerging Markets. Lakshmi Iyer, 2016, Book. “Emerging markets play an increasingly important role in the global economy, accounting for 31% of global GDP and more than 50% of global foreign direct investment in 2012. However, doing business in emerging markets remains subject to a high degree of “policy risk,” namely the risk that a government will discriminatorily change the laws, regulations, or contracts governing an investment — or will fail to enforce them — in a way that reduces an investor’s financial returns …Link

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

The Hypocrisy of European Moralism: Greece and the Politics of Cultural Aggression – Part 1

The Hypocrisy of European Moralism: Greece and the Politics of Cultural Aggression – Part 1. Michael Herzfeld, February 2016, Paper. “In the current debt crisis, Greeks often stand accused of irresponsible borrowing, corruption, and laziness. In this article, I argue that the patently unfair way in which these stereotypes have framed the ongoing tensions between Greece and the other European countries is deeply grounded in the dynamics of “crypto-colonialism.” German fascination with ancient Greece has combined with the needs of British, French, and, later, American strategic interests to produce a toxic brew of humiliation and contempt for the Greek people of today.Link

Tags: , , , , ,

Fiscal Rules and Sovereign Default

Fiscal Rules and Sovereign Default. Laura Alfaro, February 2016, Paper. “We provide a quantitative analysis of fiscal rules in a standard model of sovereign debt accumulation and default, modified to incorporate quasi-hyperbolic preferences. For reasons of political economy or aggregation of citizens’ preferences, government preferences are present biased, resulting in over accumulation of debt. A quantitative exercise calibrated to Brazil finds welfare gains of the optimal fiscal policy to be economically substantial, and the optimal rule to not entail a countercyclical fiscal policy.Link

Tags: , , , , ,

Infrastructure, Incentives and Institutions

Infrastructure, Incentives and Institutions. Edward Glaeser, January 2016, Paper. “Cities generate negative, as well as positive, externalities; addressing those externalities requires both infrastructure and institutions. Providing clean water and removing refuse requires water and sewer pipes, but the urban poor are often unwilling to pay for the costs of that piping. Standard welfare economics teaches us that either subsidies or Pigouvian fines can solve that problem, but both solution are problematic when institutions are weak. Subsidies lead to waste and corruption; fines lead to extortion of the innocent. Zambia has attempted to solve its problem with subsidies alone, but the subsidies have been too small to solve the “last-mile problem” and so most poor households remain unconnected to the water and sewer system. In nineteenth-century New York, subsidies also proved insufficient and were largely replaced by a penalty-based system … Link

Tags: , , , ,

Productivity and Selection of Human Capital with Machine Learning

Productivity and Selection of Human Capital with Machine Learning. Michael Luca, Sendhil Mullainathan, 2016, Paper. “Economists have become increasingly interested in studying the nature of production functions in social policy applications, Y = f(L, K), with the goal of improving productivity. For example what is the effect on student learning from hiring an additional teacher, ∂Y/∂L, in theory (Lazear, 2001) or in practice (Krueger, 2003)? What is the effect of hiring one more police officer (Levitt, 1997)?Link

Tags: , , , , ,

Global Social Protection: Setting the Agenda

Global Social Protection: Setting the Agenda. Jocelyn Viterna, 2015, Paper, “In todays’ world, more than 220 million people live in a country that is not their own. Many people live transnational lives but the social contract between citizen and state is national. How are people on the move protected and provided for in this new global context? Have institutional sources of social welfare begun to cross borders to meet the needs of transnational individuals? This paper proposes a new Global Social Protection (GSP) research agenda, summarizing what we know and what we need to do moving forward. What protections exist for migrants, how are the organized across borders, who can access them and who gets left out? .Link

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,