Heintz on Structural Deficits
On January 5, 2010, the Real News Network aired an interview with James Heintz PhD '01 (economics), associate director of the Political Economy Research Institute, in which he discusses how to address structural deficits in state and local governments as a way to deal with high unemployment. He says planning budgets in longer cycles and using federal funding to boost state economies can be helpful. View the video below.
James Heintz has written on a wide range of economic policy issues, including job creation, global labor standards, egalitarian macroeconomic strategies, and investment behavior. He has worked as an international consultant on projects in Ghana and South Africa, sponsored by the International Labor Organization and the United Nations Development Program, that focus on employment-oriented development policy. He is co-author, with Nancy Folbre (economics), of The Ultimate Field Guide to the U.S. Economy. From 1996 to 1998, he worked in Johannesburg, South Africa, as an economist at the National Labour and Economic Development Institute, a policy think tank affiliated with the South African labor movement. Heintz's current work focuses on global labor standards, employment income, and poverty; employment policies for low- and middle-income countries; and the links between macroeconomic policies and distributive outcomes.
January 5, 2010