Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Business Cycles in the Modern World System: Past, Present and Future

 
In case anybody is in the area around New York, the Program of the PEWS conference below.


Thursday, April 26, 2018 -- 4:30 - 5:20 p.m.
Reception in the DiMenna-Nyselius Library Room 107 C

5:20 p.m.
Formal Opening of the Conference Library Multimedia Room
Welcome: Eric Mielants (Sociology)
Katsiaryna Salavei Bardos (Finance)

Introduction of Keynote Speakers
Dean Greenwald (CAS)
Immanuel Wallerstein (Sociology, Yale University)
“Cycles Within Structures versus Structural Crises”
Matías Vernengo (Economics, Bucknell University)
“From Financial Instability to Secular Stagnation”

Friday, April 27, 2018

9 – 10:30 a.m. DiMenna-Nyselius Library Multimedia Room
Panel 1: Theoretical Models and Business Cycles
Moderator: Michael Puleo (Fairfield University)
Daniel H. Neilson (Bard College at Simon's Rock)
“Minsky, Polanyi, and World System Analysis”
Daniel Gugan (Corvinus University of Budapest)
“An embedded-systems approach to the socio-economic cycles of the world system”
Roberto J. Ortiz (Binghamton University)
“The Nature and Limits of Endless Accumulation”

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Panel 2: Business Cycles confronting Social and Political Trends I
Moderator: Kathy Nantz (Fairfield University)
Tarun Banerjee (University of Pittsburgh)
“The Great Recession and Corporate Responses to Social Movements in the US”
Chungse Jung (Binghamton University)
“Long-Term Capitalist Dynamics and Protest Waves in the Global Periphery: A Critical Reappraisal of Business Cycles”

 For more information go here.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Corporate tax cuts use in one graph

So it seems that a good chunk of the GOP/Trump tax cuts will go to buybacks, and to fuel the bubble in the stock market, according to Robin Wigglesworth in the FT (subscription required). Bad news for those that think that higher earnings lead to higher investment (meaning gross formation of capital). My impression is that if you want tax cuts to be stimulative, you should target consumption, in particular for lower income groups, which tend to spend a higher proportion of their income.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

On the Blogs—The Inequality Edition



Why So Few American Economists Are Studying Inequality—Alana Semuels at the Atlantic provides a nice summary of the problems in the profession, and cites the work by a few economists like Jamie Galbraith and the two cited below (Milanovic and DeLong)

Chinese income distribution in 2002-3 and 2013—Branko Milanovic on how Chinese inequality, did not increase much in that period, even though it is high, and how it converged to the US levels

Globalization: What Did Paul Krugman Miss?—Brad DeLong more on globalization really, but there again, globalization has been at the core of the debates on inequality (how much it hurt the Rust Belt here, or how it raised incomes in the South, China and India mostly)

Business Cycles in the Modern World System: Past, Present and Future

  In case anybody is in the area around New York, the Program of the PEWS conference below. Thursday, April 26, 2018 -- 4:30 - 5:20...