Poverty / Economic Development

Corporate tax cut propaganda

by |October 20th, 2017

As featured in the Boston Globe | October 20, 2017 The White House is selling a tax cut designed for the rich as a boost for the working class. Cut taxes on capital, the White House claims, and investors will raise investment, hire more workers, and bid up wages — a.k.a. trickle-down economics. If the real goal is… read more

15 questions about tax reform

by |October 12th, 2017

As featured in the Boston Globe | October 12, 2017 With President Trump pushing his tax reform proposal in Harrisburg, Pa., on Wednesday, here’s a look at what his plan would do to the economy. 1. Can the United States afford tax cuts? No. On current policies, the budget deficit will average around 4 percent of Gross Domestic… read more

America’s Goals and Politics of the Common Interest

by |October 12th, 2017

As featured on LinkedIn | October 12, 2017 According to Aristotle, politics should be about the common interest. Yet everywhere we look, narrow corporate interests have pushed aside what’s best for most Americans. By adopting America’s Goals for 2030, we can restore the politics of the common interest and push corporate lobbyists to where they belong, the sidelines of politics. Think… read more

How to break the 40-year working class losing streak

by |August 17th, 2017

As featured in the Boston Globe | August 17, 2017 The Chicago Cubs broke a 108-year drought by winning the World Series last year. American workers are in a 40-year drought, but with the right game plan, they too can start to win. Consider first the sorry facts. The median inflation-adjusted earnings of full-time male workers peaked in… read more

America, we still have a jobs problem

by |July 7th, 2017

As featured on CNN.com | July 7, 2017 For those with a college degree or above, life is good. Jobs are plentiful, incomes are rising, inflation is low, health is broadly improving, and the impacts of the new information technologies — from smartphones to e-commerce to ubiquitous information — are generally beneficent. For those without a college… read more

Will Economic Illiteracy Trigger a Trade War?

by |April 20th, 2017

As featured in Project Syndicate | April 20, 2017 Nearly 100 days after US President Donald Trump took office, he and his commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross, continue to commit an economic fallacy that first-year economics students learn to avoid. They claim that America’s current-account deficit (or trade deficit), which is in fact the result of America’s low and… read more

Sustainable Digital Learning in Senegal

by |March 13th, 2017

By James Teicher, CEO and Director of CyberSmart Africa, a partner of CSD’s Connect to Learn Initiative. | Featured on the CyberSmart Africa blog, 13 March 2017 I just returned from visiting Potou Elementary School on the edge of the Sahara Desert in rural Senegal. In this remote location it was thrilling to observe teachers collaborating and coaching each… read more

Why Millennials Will Reject Trump

by |February 2nd, 2017

As featured on Project Syndicate | February 2, 2017 NEW YORK – The key political divide in the United States is not between parties or states; it is between generations. The millennial generation (those aged 18-35) voted heavily against Donald Trump and will form the backbone of resistance to his policies. Older Americans are divided, but Trump’s… read more

Strengthening Health, Education, and Water Systems Across Nigeria

by |July 14th, 2014

Countries around the world are accelerating efforts to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of global milestones adopted by the United Nations, before the 2015 deadline. Though approaches for advancing progress have been effective in some places, achieving development at scale remains a major challenge, particularly for large countries with diverse conditions. Since… read more

Executive Training on Extractive Industries and Sustainable Development

by |December 13th, 2013

Mega investments in the extractive industries – including oil, gas, and mining – have the potential to be a springboard for development in many low- and middle-income countries, through major tax revenues, technology transfer, infrastructure development, employment and capacity building. However, reaping those benefits is challenging, and more often these investments have been a source… read more