August 2015 Newsletter

Inaugural Conference
October 2-3, 2015
Denison University, Granville, Ohio

Free Livestreaming video footage available
Sustainable Full Employment and Transformational Technologies
At the Binzagr Institute, our name crystalizes our mission: sustainable prosperity.  But “sustainability” has become an overused and under-theorized term, which has had the unintentional impact of constraining policy at every stage of the process, from goal envisioning to implementation.
Our holistic view of sustainable economic provisioning means, first and foremost, employment generation as well as environmental conservation and rehabilitation.  Both job creation and ecological sustainability imply technological transformations, but one must be cautious; technology possesses both creative and destructive potentials.  Technological unemployment, genetic modification, and nuclear arms are just a few of the direct, harmful effects of technological and organizational innovations.  Yet technology, after all, is knowledge, and so it also contains the seeds of liberatory possibilities.
Our inaugural conference gathers together scholars and policy makers from diverse backgrounds, fields, and disciplines to engage one another in examining the crux of the employment and environmental debate, and the many technological linkages therein.
  • Conference themes include:renewable  energy
  • job guarantee and information technologies
  • financing sustainable development
  • appropriate roles for government in guiding development
  • sustainable agriculture and food policies
Topics dealing with these and other aspects of employment, sustainability and functional finance will be discussed.
 Conference Speakers
Jan Kregel*, Advisory Board Member, Binzagr Institute
William A. Darity, Jr.*, Professor of Economics, Duke University
Stephanie Kelton*, Chief Economist, U.S. Senate Budget Committee
Senator Bernie Sanders*, United States Senate
L. Randall Wray*, Economics Professor, University of Missouri - Kansas City
Julianne Malveaux*, Advisory Board Member, Binzagr Institute
Mathew Forstater, Research Director, Binzagr Institute
Fadhel Kaboub, President, Binzagr Institute
Ahmed Soliman, Research Scholar, Binzagr Institute
Scott Fullwiler, Research Scholar, Binzagr Institute
Pavlina Tcherneva, Research Scholar, Binzagr Institute
Ellen Brown, Research Scholar, Binzagr Institute
R. Paul Herman, Founder and CEO, HIP Investor
Robert W. Parenteau, Research Fellow, Binzagr Institute
Marco Vangelisti, Research Fellow, Binzagr Institute
Raúl Carrillo, Research Fellow, Binzagr Institute
Shama Azad, Research Fellow, Binzagr Institute
Natalie Brown, Research Assistant, Binzagr Institute
Aqdas Afzal, Research Assistant, Binzagr Institute

* invited (to be confirmed)
 Special Thanks to our Sponsors

The Binzagr Institute conference is made possible by the generous financial support of the Binzagr family. We are also grateful for financial and logistical contributions from Denison University. 

Conference Registration Form

The conference is free and open to the public. However, registration is required in order to provide an adequate amount of meals, refreshments and conference materials. Please click here to register for the conference.

Conference Venue

The conference will take place in Burton D. Morgan Lecture Hall (lower level) at Denison University, 100 W. College Street, Granville, OH 43023.

Directions, Parking, and Campus Map

For directions to the Denison campus, parking information, and campus map, please visit this page

 Livestreaming  from Denison

With the help of the ITS team at Denison University, you'll be able to watch the entire conference live online. We will post a link to the video livestream on our website and social media.

Book your hotel room online

The conference guests will be hosted at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Newark, Ohio (15-minute drive from Denison University). We have arranged for a special conference rate for our guest ($109+tax per night). To make your reservation online, click here. You may also call 740-322-6455 (Be sure to mention that you're attending the Binzagr Institute Conference at Denison University. Group code: BIC).

For more information about the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Newark Ohio, you can visit their website here.

Hotel Address: 50 N 2nd Street, Newark, Ohio 43055
Hotel Phone Number: 740-322-6455

New members of our team

We are delighted to welcome two new Research Scholars to our team this month: Erik Dean from Portland Community College and Ahmed Soliman from Denison University.  We are also excited to have Marco Vangelisti, founder of  Essential Knowledge for Transition ( join our team of Research Fellows.

New Working Paper

Luis Villanueva

Income Inequality and Sustainable Prosperity: Lessons from the not Distant Past (Luis Villanueva)

Following the structuralist tradition, Luis Villanueva, Research Scholar, argues that a reduction in income inequality leads to an improvement in quality of life for all members of society. Focusing on the works for 1940s and 1950s structuralists, Villanueva also highlights differences between Anglo-Saxon and Latin American traditions within structuralism. The paper concludes that strategic industrial policy and government intervention are crucial in reducing income inequality and guaranteeing sustainable prosperity. >> Read complete text (pdf)

New Policy Note

Sara Hsu

One Belt One Road and the Roadmap of Financial Reform (Sara Hsu)

In this Policy Note, Sara Hsu, Research Scholar, critically examines the sufficiency of China’s planned financial reforms for its One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative. Will the ambitious aims of OBOR and financial reform coincide? Are there deeper reforms to consider beyond the financial reforms laid out by the CPC Central Committee?  >> Read complete text (pdf)

In the Media

 john a. powell
, Advisory Board member at the Binzagr Institute and Director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society (UC Berkeley) was interviewed on MSNBC's Nerding Out to discuss BlackLivesMatter and where the movement stands one year after Micheal Brown's death (August 27, 2015)
>> Watch the video here.

The Diplomat
Sara Hsu, Research Scholar at the Binzagr Institute, published four columns this month in The Diplomat on the state of the Chinese economy: "
Markets Plunge on Less Chinese Government Intervention" (August 26, 2015), "China's (Renewed) Crackdown on Insider Trading" (August 21, 2015), "China's Surprise Currency Devaluation" (August 14, 2015), and "China's Sovereign Wealth Fund seeking Alpha in Silk Road" (August 4, 2015). You can follow her weekly columns in The Diplomat here.

Yonkers Tribune
Oren Levin-Waldman, Research Scholar at the Binzagr Institute, published a new public policy piece in Yonkers Tribune entitled "What Policymakers can LEarn from Oregon's Minimum Wage" (August 25, 2015)
>> Read the article here.

Ellen Brown, Research Scholar at the Binzagr Institute, published a new piece on Counterpunch entitled "Trumping the Federal Debt without Playing the Default Card" (August 19, 2015)
>> Read the article here.

New Economic Perspectives
Pavlina Tcherneva, Research Scholar at the Binzagr Institute, published a new NEP blog post entitled "Why Bernie Sanders should add a Job Guarantee to his Policy Agenda" (August 17, 2015).  
>> Read the article here.

Fadhel Kaboub, President of the Binzagr Institute, talked to WalletHub about the long-term impact of poverty on underprivileged children. His comments appeared in an article entitled "2015's Best and Worst States for Underprivileged Children" (August 13, 2015). 
>> Read the article here.

John T. Harvey, Research Scholar at the Binzagr Institute, published two columns on "
Five Reasons Why a National Balanced Budget Amendment is Lunacy" (August 10, 2015) and "The Real Argument for Raising the Minimum Wage" (July 31, 2015). You can follow his columns on here.

Review of Keynesian Economics
Giuseppe Mastromatteo, Research Scholar at at the Binzagr Institute, published an article titled "The Economics of Deflation in the Euro Area: A Critique of Fiscal Austerity" (co-authored with Sergio Rossi). 
>> Read the article here.

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