Headed for the Left Coast Next Week!

December 2nd, 2013 at 2:10 pm

I’ll be heading to Washington state next week for some events on inequality, poverty, fiscal policy, opportunity gaps, my failed marriage to Lady Gaga, and the like (OK, just made that last bit up to drum up interest).  The first is a town hall event on the 11th (get your tickets here) and the second is Budget Matters 2013, an all-day policy conference on the 12th (those tickets are here).  Both events are focused on improving the quality of our economic policy debate so yeah, we’ll have a lot to talk about.  If you’ll be on the West Coast, I hope to see you there.  If not, no worries!  I’ll be sure to write about it here.

Some planted questions for Q&A:

Do you have blog??

How ever do you stay so fit and trim?

Full employment wouldn’t help, would it?


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8 comments in reply to "Headed for the Left Coast Next Week!"

  1. SeattleAlex says:

    Awww snap! Time to roll the welcome mat/umbrella out (JK no one uses umbrellas here). In for the 11th, perhaps the 12th if subsidized tickets do indeed exist. It may be right in the middle of medical school finals, but someone has to be there to handle such pertinent plant questions…

  2. Bill Gatliff says:

    Here is another question that you might consider: are the various employment requirements for some safety-net benefits actually making people poorer, and keeping them on welfare longer?

    You might review what those employment requirements are, since there’s a lot of misinformation out there on that. Even after digging around on the internet awhile, I’m not sure I have a concise list of them.

  3. Bill Gatliff says:

    Here’s an easier one, but with a more philosophical angle: are the various “tough love” approaches being shopped by the GOP, e.g. further time-limiting some safety net services, actually going to make the problem of poverty worse rather than better?

    Related: Why are people staying on welfare as long as they are? Is the problem REALLY a matter of motivation? What will happen if the GOP proposals are enacted?

  4. jeff says:

    Home come you liberal economists never come to Texas for talks ? You’re preaching to the choir in Washington. Tongue in cheek, sort of.

    • Jared Bernstein says:

      Fair point. Though maybe some–less hardy than I–got spooked when Gov Perry said he’d kick Bernanke’s butt if he came down there. And Ben’s pretty centrist!

  5. mitakeet says:

    In my opinion (not backed up by any facts, of course; I am a Monday morning arm-chair economist) the key problem with the public assistance is that currently people are being punished for getting jobs. My understanding is that if someone on assistance gets a job their assistance is reduced in direct proportion to their new income. If that is indeed the case, then there is a massive negative incentive to get any job that pays equal too or less than what they are getting from public assistance. Only if they can get a job that pays better than what they are getting would they be incentivized to get off of assistance, but that also has to be weighed against other competing interests (such as child care, home making and just plain old laziness (in other words, why work your ass off for slightly more money than you can get for sitting on your ass instead?)). I feel that public assistance should encourage people to get some sort of job by allowing them to have income in addition to their assistance, up to a certain point. Of course I am quite sure this is untenable in our current political climate, but hey, at least the rich are getting richer, so who cares?

  6. ReaderOfTeaLeaves says:

    I’d tentatively expected to attend Thurs pm event. Unfortunately, the logistics are too complicated at this point. The sad ‘quality of our economic debate’ is one of the prime challenges of our era, IMVHO. I hope there is an engaged audience, and that the debate continues to improve ( and the sooner, the better)! It does feel as if there have been hopeful shifts the past few weeks, so here’s hoping it’s an opportune moment for this topic.