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Feb 7, 2023
Research examining the pandemic’s impacts on student borrowers is used as evidence in loan forgiveness case before the U.S. Supreme Court.
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Feb 2, 2023
The prestigious fellowship supports research to improve social and living conditions in the U.S.
Dec 14, 2022
The faculty, administrators, and friends of the Graduate Center who died this year left indelible marks and are deeply missed.
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Sep 26, 2022
The Ph.D. Program in Economics regrets to announce the death of former Assistant Professor of Economics James P. Smith.
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Lilia Maliar Named President of the Society for Computational Economics
Professor Lilia Maliar (Economics) is the new president of the Society for Computational Economics. Founded in 1995, the society includes about 450 members and holds an annual conference that typically draws 300 to 400 participants a year.
In addition to computational economics, Maliar, also a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, specializes in macroeconomics, economic theory, economic growth and development, dynamic games, transition economies, and international economics.
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Arguing with Zombies: Economics, Politics, and the Fight for a Better Future
There is no better guide than Paul Krugman to basic economics, the ideas that animate much of our public policy. Likewise, there is no stronger foe of zombie economics, the misunderstandings that just won't die.
In Arguing with Zombies, Krugman tackles many of these misunderstandings, taking stock of where the United States has come from and where it's headed in a series of concise, digestible chapters. Drawn mainly from his popular New York Times column, they cover a wide range of issues, organized thematically and framed in the context of a wider debate. Explaining the complexities of health care, housing bubbles, tax reform, Social Security, and so much more with unrivaled clarity and precision, Arguing with Zombies is Krugman at the height of his powers.
Arguing with Zombies puts Krugman at the front of the debate in the 2020 election year and is an indispensable guide to two decades' worth of political and economic discourse in the United States and around the globe. With quick, vivid sketches, Krugman turns his readers into intelligent consumers of the daily news and hands them the keys to unlock the concepts behind the greatest economic policy issues of our time. In doing so, he delivers an instant classic that can serve as a reference point for this and future generations.
Published January 2020
W. W. Norton & Company, 2020
Blaming Immigrants: Nationalism and the Economics of Global Movement
Immigration is shaking up electoral politics around the world. Anti-immigration and ultranationalistic politics are rising in Europe, the United States, and countries across Asia and Africa. What is causing this nativist fervor? Are immigrants the cause or merely a common scapegoat?
In Blaming Immigrants, economist Neeraj Kaushal investigates the rising anxiety in host countries and tests common complaints against immigration. Do immigrants replace host country workers or create new jobs? Are they a net gain or a net drag on host countries? She finds that immigration, on balance, is beneficial to host countries. It is neither the volume nor pace of immigration but the willingness of nations to accept, absorb, and manage new flows of immigration that is fueling this disaffection. Kaushal delves into the demographics of immigrants worldwide, the economic tides that carry them, and the policies that shape where they make their new homes. She demystifies common misconceptions about immigration, showing that today’s global mobility is historically typical; that most immigration occurs through legal frameworks; that the U.S. system, far from being broken, works quite well most of the time and its features are replicated by many countries; and that proposed anti-immigrant measures are likely to cause suffering without deterring potential migrants. Featuring accessible and in-depth analysis of the economics of immigration in worldwide perspective, Blaming Immigrants is an informative and timely introduction to a critical global issue.
Kaushal graduated in 2002 with a Ph.D. in economics.
Published March 2019
Columbia University Press, 2019
Determinants of Health: An Economic Perspective
Determinants of Health: An Economic Perspective, a collection of Grossman's most important papers, adds additional essential background and depth to his work on economic determinants of public health. Each of the book's four sections includes an introduction that contextualizes the issues and addresses the larger stakes of his work. An afterword discusses the significance of Grossman's approach for subsequent research on health economics, as well as the work others have done to advance and extend his innovative perspective.
Published August 2017
Columbia University Press, 2017