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Quiz: Will the TPP Be Good for Me?

Posted by on February 13th, 2014


By Helen Scharber, CPE Staff Economist and Assistant Professor of Economics, Hampshire College
Leaders of TPP Countries

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a trade agreement that the U.S. and 11 other nations—Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam—have been negotiating behind closed doors for four years. Now President Obama wants Congress to “fast track” the agreement, so that it can be passed [...] read more >

Raise the Minimum Wage in 2014!

Posted by on January 14th, 2014
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by Anders Fremstad
Today’s federal minimum wage is a poverty wage.  At $7.25 an hour, full-time workers earn just $14,500 a year, leaving single parents below the poverty line.  This might explain why Americans overwhelmingly support raising the minimum wage.  Gallop polling shows that in November 76% of Americans wanted to increase the federal minimum wage to $9, up from 71% in March.  And Hart Research polling [...] read more >

Sequesters, Scholars, and Solidarity

Posted by on June 9th, 2013
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Tom Masterson            Thomas Herndon         Emily Kawano
The CPE is well represented on this episode of the radio show Your Friendly Neighborhood Economist. Tom Masterson interviews CPE member Thomas Herndon on the debates over economic austerity policies and CPE executive director Emily Kawano on the solidarity economy.
For more, see Thomas [...] read more >

CPE Member Thomas Herndon on the Colbert Report!

Posted by on April 24th, 2013
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“Austerity’s Spreadsheet Error” - The Colbert Report
Curious for more details? Read the paper that started the fuss!

Do Nanny States go broke?

Posted by on April 6th, 2013
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Bill O’Reilly thinks so. But Rick Wolff explains why this is not so in this interview clip from Democracy Now!

Encouraging Co-ops in Reading, PA

Posted by on March 11th, 2013
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The Reading Eagle reports that officials are looking for ways to support co-ops as a way to boost the local economy. Read all about it here!

A ‘Care Socialist’ Speaks Out

Posted by on November 10th, 2011


An article about CPE member economist Nancy Folbre, by Joel Bleifuss at In These Times.
In her work, Nancy Folbre, a University of Massachusetts economics professor, explores the intersection of feminist theory and political economy, with a special emphasis on what she calls “care work” – the labor, often outside the money economy, that goes into caring for children, the sick or the elderly.
She is well known for her ability to explain these ideas in simple, [...] read more >

CPE members testify before the Massachusetts legislature

Posted by on June 2nd, 2011
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May 11, 2011
CPE members Randy Albelda and Gerald Friedman testified before the Massachusetts legislature’s joint committee on revenue on May 5, 2011 on behalf of “An Act to Invest in our Communities.” This proposal would raise approximately $1.2 for schools and social services in Massachusetts by raising the tax rate on capital gains and interest and dividend income and the income tax rate while simultaneously raising the personal exemption; the net effect would be to [...] read more >

Econ-Utopia: Steelworkers and Mondragon Collaborate!

Posted by on November 10th, 2009


In a remarkable and historic move, the United Steel Workers union (USW) and Mondragon International[1] announced that they would be working together to establish Mondragon manufacturing cooperatives in the U.S. and Canada.[2] The Mondragon Cooperative Corporation (MCC) is the world’s largest industrial workers cooperative, located in the Basque region of Spain. It employs almost 100,000 workers in 260 cooperative enterprises that include manufacturing, a university, research and development, [...] read more >

Abstract Labor: House Prices Won’t Be Rising for Long

Posted by on August 26th, 2009

James Hamilton, at Econbrowser, notes that he’s surprised by the 0.75% increase in average house prices (as measured by the S&P/Case-Shiller Index of twenty cities). He also says he’s skeptical because of the backlog of unsold homes, likely increases in foreclosures, and high, rising unemployment, especially since Calculated Risk is, too.