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An open platform for new thinking, with recent articles from James Boyce, Jack Gao, Servaas Storm, and Robert Johnson.

Carbon Dividends: The Bipartisan Key to Climate Policy?

The practical question in Washington today is not whether regulations will go, but whether anything will replace them Read more

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China’s Economic Challenges May Soon Include Inequality

Research by Thomas Piketty, partly funded by the Institute, shows that wealth and income gaps in China are now larger than Europe’s, and approaching those of the US Read more

Remembering Tony Atkinson as the Architect of Modern Public Economics

Beatrice Cherrier remembers Tony Atkinson’s influential intellectual, educational and institutional contribution to the field of public economics Read more

The Jobs Legacy of the Obama Presidency

Viewed in historical context, the weak recovery from the 2008 crisis has been slow and painful, but a sub-5% unemployment rate and healthy job and wage growth will be among the most important legacies Obama leaves to the next president Read more

Chanos: Is a big change underway in global capitalism?

Milwaukee-born short-seller Jim Chanos, founder and managing partner of New York-based Kynikos Associates, teaches University of Wisconsin and Yale business students about corporate fraud. During his life and career, he has witnessed seismic shifts in economic thinking and the relationship between labor and capital. Chanos shares his thoughts on the world emerging from the election of Donald Trump and the tumultuous political events of 2016.  Read more

A New Tool For Teaching Pluralist Economics

Students in Europe have created an important resource for those seeking alternative curricular materials Read more

Rapid Money Supply Growth Does Not Cause Inflation

Neither do rapid growth in government debt, declining interest rates, or rapid increases in a central bank’s balance sheet Read more

Trade Liberalization After the U.S. Election

The TPP is dead, as is the assumption that future free-trade agreements can be negotiated by experts alone Read more

Why Economic Recovery Requires Rethinking Capitalism

Mission-oriented public investment is vital to spur a revival of private-sector investment Read more