Economist Sita Nataraj Slavov specializes in public finance issues dealing with retirement and the economics of aging. Her recent work has focused on whether retiree health insurance encourages early retirement, the impact of widowhood on out-of-pocket medical expenses among the elderly and the optimal time to claim Social Security. Before joining AEI, Slavov taught a variety of economic courses at Occidental College: game theory, public finance, behavioral economics and econometrics. She has also served as a senior economist specializing in public finance issues at the White House's Council of Economic Advisers. Her work at AEI will focus on Social Security and retirement issues.
Many of us in the U.S are too focused on our income inequality within the country to realize that it is a privilege to be born here. Those who care about social justice need to shift the dialogue from the income inequality in the U.S to the much greater problem of global disparity.
Dave Brat, an economics professor, claims to be committed to the principles of a free market, but also appears to support heavy-handed intervention in governmental labor markets. How can he claim to be both a “free market guy” and have such strong beliefs about preventing immigration?
Recent protests at Smith College, which succeeded in getting International Monetary Fund director Christine Lagarde to withdraw as commencement speaker, highlight a phenomenon where college students across the country are unwilling to hear viewpoints different than their own.
The costs of raising the minimum wage could be greater than previously thought, especially on younger workers. Much of the harm done to these workers could be avoided by exempting individuals under the age of 25 from the minimum wage.
Based on fairness concerns, there’s a strong case for making the tax system more marriage neutral by shifting to individual rather than family-based taxation, and for providing increased support to low-income individuals without children.
Much has been made recently of the rising cost of attending a four-year college. House Speaker John Boehner has decried the fact that “during the 1980s, the cost of attending college rose more than three times as fast as the typical family income,” and that “[t]his trend of rapidly-increasing...
Fighting to lift up vulnerable people is a mission with universal resonance. It is time for advocates of free enterprise to join the conversation, explain the truth about inequality and redistribution, and articulate the principles that will restore opportunity for all.
In his State of the Union address, President Obama celebrated “a manufacturing sector that's adding jobs for the first time since the 1990s,” emphasizing the importance of “[beating] other countries in the race for the next wave of high-tech manufacturing jobs.” The president is certainly not along among politicians...