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You are cordially invited to join
Economists for Peace & Security
for our Annual Dinner
This year's dinner honors
Saturday, January 4, 2014
6:30 — 10:00pm
at Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
Host committee chaired by Richard Parker
If you are interested in attending the EPS dinner
honoring Jeffrey Sachs,
please contact Thea Harvey (firstname.lastname@example.org).
EPS at the AEA / ASSA meetings
January 3 — 5, 2014, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
Security Economics (Panel
Friday, January 3, at 2:30pm, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown,
Meeting Room 305
Moderator: Richard Kaufman (Bethesda Research
Bilmes (Harvard University)
Lind (New America Foundation)
Bina (University of Minnesota-Morris)
Hurlburt (National Security Network)
Hartung (Center for International
Costs and Consequences of
Austerity (Panel discussion)
Saturday, January 4, 10:15am, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Grand
Ballroom - Salon B
Moderator: Allen SInai
Reinhart (Harvard University)
Pollin (University of
Blanchard (International Monetary Fund)
Collins (University of Michigan)
Zoellick (Peterson Institute for International
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Could a Larger Minimum Wage Hike Sell?
by Michael Tomasky, November
13, 2013, for The
"I was on a panel at a conference of Economists for
Peace and Security, and one of my panel mates was Ron Unz, the contrarian conservative who has had quite
an interesting and varied career. His big passion these days is the
minimum wage, which he has written about with some regularity. On
yesterday’s panel, he spent some time on the substantive case, on which
I don’t need to be sold. But he also made a very interesting political
argument: that a really big increase might be more likely to pass than
a more modest one, because it would potentially have a larger and more
bipartisan constituency behind it.
"On the surface it seems totally
counterintuitive that a minimum wage increase to $12 an hour (Unz’s position) could possibly win more support
than an increase to $9 an hour, which is what the White House proposes.
And maybe it couldn’t. It would probably be such sticker shock to the overclass that they’d dig in their heels. And
anyway all this is academic, alas, as long as Congress is filled with
these pseudo-populist yahoos who wave Bibles at $25,000-a-year earners
while they do the bidding of $25,000-a-day earners."
the full article here:
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In Other News
Making Smart Security Choices: The Future of the US
Nuclear Weapons Complex
Union of Concerned Scientists, October 2013
The United States seeks to maintain a reliable, safe, and
secure nuclear arsenal. Key to this enterprise are
the laboratories and facilities that research, design, produce, and
maintain nuclear weapons — collectively known as the nuclear weapons
This report examines the essential missions of the complex,
considers its key challenges, and suggests critical near- and long-term
Read the report in full
Call for papers: The 8th
Annual Meeting of the Portuguese Economic Journal
The 8th Annual Meeting of the Portuguese Economic
Journal will take place in the School of Economics and Management,
University of Minho, July 4 — 5, 2014.
Submissions in all fields of Economics are welcome until
March 31, 2014.
For more information, see
Call for papers: Ecology
and Peace Commission of the International Peace Research Association
25th IPRA global conference
"Uniting for Peace: Building Sustainable
Peace Through Universal Values"
in cooperation with Sakarya
August 10 — 14, 2014
Ecology and Peace Commission
Sustainable Peace: Nature, Gender and Resilience Building
Second Call for Papers
For the 2014 IPRA Conference the EPC the conveners
suggest devoting several sessions to this theme: Towards Sustainable
Peace: Nature, Gender and Resilience Building
Transition and Sustainable Peace
Peace with Nature
Coping Strategies, Adaptation and Resilience-Building
Change, Environmental Security and Resource Conflicts
Environmental Policy: Lacking Political Will and
and Security Impacts of Business-as-usual Policies in the 21st
submitted papers related to environment and peace themes
The three co-conveners plan to publish selected
peer-reviewed papers as Perspectives
of IPRA’s Ecology and Peace Commission either in a
scientific book or as a special issue of a scientific journal.
Participants are also encouraged to submit their presented papers
to scientific journals themselves.
To apply to present a paper,
please fill in the conference application form of the conference
organizers you may download at:
New Website on Human Progress
HumanProgress.org is a project of the Cato Institute
with major support from the John Templeton Foundation, the Searle
Freedom Trust, and the Brinson Foundation. The website requires no
registration or membership. All data, charts, maps, and calculation tables
can be used free of charge, but with an acknowledgement.
Evidence from academic institutions and international
organizations shows dramatic improvements in human well-being. These
improvements are especially striking in the developing world.
Unfortunately, there is often a wide gap between the
reality and public perception, including that of many policymakers,
scholars in unrelated fields, and intelligent lay persons. To make
matters worse, the media emphasizes bad news, while ignoring many positive
See the site here:
Small Arms Survey 2013: Everyday Dangers
Arms Survey 2013: Everyday Dangers explores the many faces of
armed violence outside the context of conflict. Chapters on the use of
firearms in intimate partner violence, the evolution of gangs in
Nicaragua, Italian organized crime groups, and trends in armed violence
in South Africa describe the dynamics and effects of gun violence in
the home and on the street. The "weapons and markets" section
draws attention to the use of specific weapons by particular armed
actors, such as drug-trafficking organizations and insurgents. The
section includes chapters on the prices of arms and ammunition at
illicit markets in Lebanon, Pakistan, and Somalia; illicit weapons
recovered in Mexico and the Philippines; and the impacts of improvised
explosive devices on civilians. Chapters on the Second Review
Conference of the UN Programme of Action and
the ammunition demilitarization industry round out the 2013 volume.
More about the Small Arms
Assistant Professor, Peace
Goucher College, Baltimore, Maryland
Studies program at Goucher College invites
candidates for a tenure-track position in Peace Studies, to begin
August 2014. Candidates must have solid grounding in Peace Studies;
areas of expertise may include peace and conflict studies, urban
economic conflict, race and urban peacebuilding, urban geography and
planning, or urban environmental justice. The successful candidate will
teach Introduction to Peace Studies, a course on cities, and develop
courses at the intermediate and upper level. This program places a
great emphasis on interdisciplinarity,
community-based learning, active experience with students and the
broader community, and engaged or critical pedagogy, and welcomes
candidates with organizing as well as scholarly experience. Peace
Studies at Goucher College is a highly
collaborative, energetic, and growth-oriented program that places a
strong emphasis on visionary, innovative thought and action.
The full job description
is available at
Programme Director, Arms Transfers
The Stockholm International
Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)
The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)
is recruiting a Programme Director to lead
its Arms Control, Disarmament and Non-proliferation Programme.
Established in 1966, SIPRI is consistently ranked as one
of the world's top think tanks. The institute is dedicated to
independent research into peace, conflict and security and is known
worldwide for its flagship publication, the SIPRI Yearbook.
SIPRI is based in Stockholm with offices in Beijing and Washington DC,
and well-established, on-the-ground partnerships and operational
networks across the globe. The staff of SIPRI is international and the
working language is English. In recent years, SIPRI has expanded its
staff and budget while building a dynamic research and outreach agenda
that reflects the fast-changing international security order.
See the entire
position description here:
The Economics of Peace and Security Journal, Volume
8, Number 2 — October, 2013
On Nepal, constitutional rights, and the
economics of envy
Table of Contents
conflict over fundamental rights: A static model
in the process of development: Implications for Social Relations
- A spacial-temporal analysis of civil war: The
case of Nepal
political economy of peace building: The case of women's
cooperatives in Nepal
the economy back in: The political economy of security sector
is a peer-reviewed online publication hosted by EPS-UK. Published twice
yearly, it raises and debates all issues related to the political economy
of personal, communal, national, international, and global peace and
security. Previous contributors include Joseph Stiglitz,
James Galbraith, and Lawrence Klein. The Journal’s website also
features book reviews submitted by members and subscribers.
EPS members receive a 25% discount on the annual subscription to the Economics of Peace and
Security Journal. A regular one-year subscription is $32;
for EPS members, it's only $24! Non-subscribers can access the
abstracts and contents pages.
For more information about
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EPS Quarterly, Volume
25, Issue 2 — June, 2013
and Barriers to Recovery from the Crisis
Economists for Peace and Security presented two sessions
at the AEA/ASSA meetings in San Diego on Friday, January 4, 2013. This
issue is comprised of edited transcripts from the first session, “Up
from Here? Challenges and Barriers to Recovery from the Crisis.”
Read this issue of EPS
To see EPS participation at
this and past AEA/ASSA meetings, visit
EPS Quarterly, Volume
25, Issue 1 — March, 2013
25th Anniversary "Is War
On Friday, January 4, 2013, at the AEA/ASSA meetings in
Los Angeles, EPS presented the second of two sessions: "Is War
Over? The Economics of National Security after Iraq and
Afghanistan." This issue of EPS Quarterly is comprised of edited
transcripts from the session. To see EPS participation at this and
past AEA/ASSA meetings, visit http://epsusa.org/events/aea.htm.
Table of contents
Financial Legacy of Iraq and Afghanistan: How Wartime Spending
Decisions Will Constrain Future National Security Budgets
Utility of War Spending: How Much
is Too Much?
Inequality and Conflict: Some Insights for Peacebuilding
of US National Security: A View from the Outside
J. Paul Dunne
Read this issue of EPS
Don't Give the Pentagon a Free Pass
“Senator John McCain (AZ) has offered an amendment to the
National Defense Authorization Act that would exempt the Pentagon of
its share of cuts required under sequestration. Although this amendment
wouldn’t “pay for” this relief by making deep cuts to domestic
discretionary programs, as many other proposals have tried to do, it
still favors the Pentagon, without granting domestic spending the same
comfort. The Budget Control Act calls for parity between defense and
domestic spending and this amendment would violate that.”
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