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NYT: Money and Morals

NYT: Money and Morals

The myth of a classless society has been exposed: Among rich countries, America stands out as the place where economic and social status is most likely to be inherited. The social changes taking place in America’s working class result from sharply rising inequality, and are not its cause.

NYT: Johnson discusses Kaufman

NYT: Johnson discusses Kaufman

To break the grip Wall Street has over political power would take a broad citizens’ movement, a groundswell of educated opinion focused on breaking that power, but the biggest Wall Street firms are larger and probably now more powerful than they were in the run-up to 2008.

Principles for Responsible Investment

Principles for Responsible Investment

The UN-backed PRI Initiative is a network of international investors working together to incorporate environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) issues into decision-making and ownership practices to better align their objectives with those of society at large.

Brian Collins: The Great Shock

Brian Collins: The Great Shock

The global financial system still teeters on the brink of collapse, and virtually nothing has been done to avert another disaster. With the spectacle of “extend and pretend” unfolding, what needs explaining is why even the well-informed and high-minded remain committed to so unpromising a status quo.

INET: The Coase Theorem as Fiction

INET: The Coase Theorem as Fiction

When externalities are present and transaction costs are absent, private parties will strike welfare-enhancing deals regardless of who owns what. In a frictionless world, bargaining leads to efficiency. That is the essence of the Coase Theorem, and it is fiction, according to Steven Medema.

NAIC: Int’l Insurance Relations

NAIC: Int’l Insurance Relations

The mission of the International Insurance Relations Committee is to strengthen the international insurance regulatory system and provide a forum for cooperative efforts between the NAIC, international regulators, and multi-national associations of regulators on issues of mutual interest.

NAIC: Reinsurance Task Force

NAIC: Reinsurance Task Force

The mission of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Reinsurance (E) Task Force is to monitor and coordinate activities and areas of interest, which overlap to some extent the charges of other working groups, specifically the International Insurance Relations (G) Committee.

NAIC: Property and Casualty

NAIC: Property and Casualty

The mission of the Property and Casualty Insurance Committee is to monitor and respond to problems associated with the products, delivery and cost in the property/casualty insurance market and the surplus lines market as they operate with respect to individual persons and businesses.

INET: Controlling Systemic Risk

INET: Controlling Systemic Risk

Professor Ed Kane argues that the common definition of systemic risk leaves out a crucial element – the endogenous role that safety net subsidies to serious risk taking play in incentivizing firms to take action politically and economically to attain and strengthen their status as systemically important firms.

Tim Jackson: Professor

Tim Jackson: Professor

Tim Jackson currently serves as the economics commissioner on the UK government’s Sustainable Development Commission and is director of RESOLVE, an inter-disciplinary collaboration aiming to develop an understanding of the links between lifestyle, societal values and the environment.

INET: Measuring Systemic Risk

INET: Measuring Systemic Risk

Banks take on excessive risk since they know, in case of failure, the taxpayer will step in to rescue them. That is a form of free insurance, and Ed Kane wants to end it. To do so, he says, we need to put a number on systemic risk, the amount for which the taxpayer is on the hook.

CBO: Increasing Employment

CBO: Increasing Employment

The Congressional Budget Office expects economic growth to be slow for several years. The bulk of economic and human costs remain ahead and will fall disproportionately on people who lose their jobs, who are displaced from their homes, or who own businesses that fail.

CBO: Troubled Asset Relief Program

CBO: Troubled Asset Relief Program

CBO’s assessment of the cost of the TARP’s transactions is $2 billion lower than its previous estimate. The decrease stems from an increase in the market value of the government’s investments in AIG and General Motors, partially offset by added costs resulting from mortgage programs.

CBO: Long-Term Budget Imbalance

CBO: Long-Term Budget Imbalance

The aging of the US population and increases in health care costs will push up federal spending significantly in coming decades relative to the size of the economy. If revenues remain at their past levels, the rise in spending will lead to rapidly growing budget deficits and mounting federal debt.

CBO: Reducing the Deficit

CBO: Reducing the Deficit

If federal debt continues to expand faster than the economy—as it has since 2007— the growth of people’s income will slow, the share of federal spending devoted to paying interest on the debt will rise more quickly, and the risk of a fiscal crisis will increase.

CBO: Cost of Fannie-Mae/Freddie-Mac

CBO: Cost of Fannie-Mae/Freddie-Mac

Support for the mortgage market has been part of a broader federal policy aimed at encouraging home ownership and at making housing more affordable for families. Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Federal Housing Administration have been an important aspect of that policy.

CBO: The US Federal Budget

CBO: The US Federal Budget

The budget deficit for 2011 was $1.3 trillion; at 8.7% of GDP, that deficit was the third-largest shortfall in the past 40 years. Federal spending exceeded 24% of GDP, the third-highest level in the past 40 years, while federal revenues were just over 15% of GDP, the third-lowest level during that period.

Daniel Kahneman: Professor

Daniel Kahneman: Professor

Daniel Kahneman is the Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology Emeritus, and Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs Emeritus, at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, and author of the book, “Thinking Fast and Slow”.

Paul Krugman: Professor

Paul Krugman: Professor

Paul Krugman is a Professor of Economics and International Affairs at Princeton University, Centenary Professor at the London School of Economics, he received the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for 2008. He is a regular OP-ED contributor to the New York Times.

The Biomimicry Institute

The Biomimicry Institute

Focusing on education, public policy, and corporate responsibility, the Biomimicry Institute promotes the study and imitation of nature’s remarkably efficient designs, bringing together scientists, engineers, architects and innovators who can use those models to create sustainable technologies.

Rocky Mountain Institute

Rocky Mountain Institute

RMI’s efforts take three main forms: transforming design, busting barriers and spreading innovation. RMI emphasizes strategic influence—changing the mindset of the people who make the rules—and “institutional acupuncture” to get blocked business logic flowing.

Swiss Re

Swiss Re

We have a strong reputation in innovative re/insurance and risk management solutions. We provide wholesale re/insurance products, insurance-based capital market instruments, and supplementary risk management services to Property & Casualty and Life & Health clients and brokers around the globe.

Trucost

Trucost

Over the last 10 years, Trucost has researched, standardised and validated the world’s most comprehensive data on corporate environmental impacts, including carbon, water, waste and pollutants. Trucost helps its clients understand the true cost of business.

Frog Design

Frog Design

Frog works with the world’s leading companies, helping them to design, engineer, and bring to market meaningful products and services. Frog’s inter-disciplinary team delivers connected experiences that span multiple technologies, platforms, and media, for a broad spectrum of industries.

IDEO Design

IDEO Design

IDEO is an award-winning global design firm that takes a human-centered, design-based approach to helping organizations in the public and private sectors innovate and grow. IDEO helps organizations build creative culture and the internal systems required to sustain innovation.

PI: Debt and Development

PI: Debt and Development

The Peterson Institute’s research related to Debt and Development covers topics including Corruption and Governance, Debt Relief, Foreign Aid / Technical Assistance, Technology and Developing Countries, Transition Economies, and World Bank and Regional Development Banks.

PI: Int’l Trade and Investment

PI: Int’l Trade and Investment

The Peterson Institute’s Int’l Trade and Investment research covers: Competition Policy, Corporate Governance, E-Commerce and Technology, Economic Sanctions, Energy, Foreign Direct Investment, Intellectual, Property Rights, Regional Trading Blocs, Tax Policy, and Global Institutions.

PI: Int’l Finance and Macroeconomics

PI: Int’l Finance and Macroeconomics

The Peterson Institute’s research related to International Finance and Macroeconomics covers: Exchange Rate Regimes/Monetary Policy; Finance, Investment, and Debt; Global Financial Crises; International Monetary Fund; New Economy and Productivity; and World Economy.

PS: Worldly Philosophers

PS: Worldly Philosophers

Edited by the Director of the Institute for Human Sciences and noted philosopher Krzysztof Michalski, the Project Syndicate Worldly Philosophers series provides papers by thinkers including philosophers, historians, political scientists, and public intellectuals and statesmen.

EPI: Trade and Globalization

EPI: Trade and Globalization

The Economic Policy Institute’s research focuses on workers and measures how they are impacted by free trade, globalization, and the depression of wages borne from international agreements and policies. Related experts include Robert E. Scott, Director of Trade and Manufacturing Policy Research.

OECD: Innovation

OECD: Innovation

Economic growth and increases in resource consumption and environmental degradation can be de-coupled to a considerable extent. This is realised by changing the nature of goods and services we produce, and how we produce, distribute and use them, through technological change and innovation.

OECD: Industry and Entrepreneurship

OECD: Industry and Entrepreneurship

The OECD Committee for Industry, Innovation and Entrepreneurship looks at economic behaviour at firm and sectoral levels to complement macro-level analyses by other OECD bodies. It examines developments in industry, issues of industrial adaptation, and trends in related policies.

OECD: Finance

OECD: Finance

The OECD promotes liberalisation in financial services and the development of international financial best practices, and helps foster the integration of other countries into the global financial systems. The Committee on Financial Markets deals with issues in financial markets.

OECD: Economy

OECD: Economy

The OECD general assessment of the global economic outlook is based on rigorous analysis of recent developments, following a defined process. This provides the basis for a set of internationally consistent, but conditional projections for each OECD country as well as key non-member economies.

OECD: Development

OECD: Development

OECD’s Perspectives on Global Development examines the impact of the rise of large emerging economies on development, poverty and inequality. The world’s centre of economic gravity has moved east and south, but the opportunities and risks for poor countries are only starting to be understood.

IPS: Global Economy

IPS: Global Economy

For more than a quarter century, the Institute for Policy Studies has been a leader in strengthening citizen responses to the global economy through research, writing, film, education, and coalition building. The project has produced dozens of books, articles, films, and educational materials.

Institute for New Economic Thinking

Institute for New Economic Thinking

INET was created to develop solutions for the economic challenges of the 21st century. It is a global community of thousands of new economic thinkers, ranging from Nobel Prize winning economists to teachers and students attracted by the promise of a free and open economic discourse.

GA: Insurance and Finance

GA: Insurance and Finance

The Geneva Association’s programme on insurance and finance comprises academic and professional research in the fields of finance where they are relevant to the insurance and risk management sector, and is dedicated to making an original contribution to the progress of insurance.

GA: Risk and Insurance Economics

GA: Risk and Insurance Economics

The Geneva Association’s programme on risk and insurance economics comprises the theoretical and academic activities of the Association. It is dedicated to making an original contribution to the progress of insurance through studies of the interdependence between economics and insurance.

GA: Risk Management

GA: Risk Management

The Risk Management Programme fosters the use of risk assessment and risk management in new fields of application such as policy making, and identifies new opportunities for insurers in the emerging sustainability concept in order to enlarge the field of insurable and insured risks.

PI: Globalization

PI: Globalization

The Peterson Institute’s research related to Globalization is focused in: Politics of Globalization, Globalization and Labor, Globalization and Environment, Migration, and Issues and Impact. Research is available in Policy Briefs, Working Papers, Congressional Testimony, and Books.

The Peterson Institute

The Peterson Institute

The Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics is one of the very few economics think tanks widely regarded as “nonpartisan” by the press and “neutral” by the US Congress. Its research staff is cited by the quality media more than that of any other such institution.

GA: Risk Management

GA: Risk Management

The Geneva Association’s Risk Management Programme is an integral part of The Geneva Association’s dialogue with economic and academic actors in order to emphasise the role of insurance in a modern service economy.

The Geneva Association

The Geneva Association

The Geneva Association is the leading international think tank of the insurance industry. It detects early ideas and emerging debates; inspires and initiates research; organises debates; disseminates research results and analysis; and pushes underlying ideas among clearly defined target groups.

OECD

OECD

The mission of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. The OECD provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions.

UN: Economic and Social Affairs

UN: Economic and Social Affairs

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs helps countries around the world to meet their economic, social and environmental challenges. DESA’s mission – to promote development for all – reflects a fundamental concern for equity and equality in all countries.

GAO: Economic Development

GAO: Economic Development

The Government Accountability Office provides public access to its wide-ranging research related to Economic Development. Covered topics include Medicaid, Disaster Recovery, Tax Policy and Administration, Entrepreneurial Assistance, Commerce, and Catastrophic Planning.

GAO: Financial Institutions

GAO: Financial Institutions

The Government Accountability Office provides public access to its wide-ranging research related to Financial Markets and Institutions. Covered topics include Securities Regulation, Entrepreneurial Assistance, Mortgage Financing, Dodd Frank, Credit Rating Agencies, and Bank Capital Requirements.

Government Accountability Office

Government Accountability Office

The US Government Accountability Office is an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress. GAO investigates how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars, its Mission is to support Congress, to improve performance, and to ensure accountability.

CBO: Finance

CBO: Finance

In the aftermath of the 2007-09 financial crisis, CBO quantifies the costs and risks of policy proposals related to federal credit and insurance programs, banking and capital markets, government-sponsored enterprises such as Fannie Mae and Feddie Mac, and other federal financial activities.

CBO: Economy

CBO: Economy

The Congressional Budget Office “regularly assesses the state of the economy and the impact on the economy of proposed changes in federal spending and taxes. Analysts prepare economic projections for the federal budget, study major aspects of the economy such as productivity and unemployment.

CBO: Infrastructure and Transportation

CBO: Infrastructure and Transportation

The nation’s highways, airports, water supply systems, wastewater treatment plants, and other facilities play a vital role in the economy. It supports private commercial activities and the daily lives of individuals. CBO examines proposals for changes in federal policy regarding such infrastructure.

Congressional Budget Office (CBO)

Congressional Budget Office (CBO)

The Congressional Budget Office produces independent, nonpartisan, timely analysis of economic and budgetary issues to support the Congressional budget process. The agency’s nonpartisanship is evident in the reports and cost estimates its economists and policy analysts produce.

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