For years, deficit hawks pointed to the research of Harvard economists Carmen Reinhart and Ken Rogoff as proof that a 90 percent debt-to-GDP ratio spelled doom for a country’s economy. Then along came a graduate student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst who proved that they had their facts — and their math — wrong.

The Roosevelt Institute is celebrating the 78th anniversary of the Works Progress Administration, created on April 8, 1935, with a series of posts from our Four Freedoms Center, Campus Network, and Pipeline examining the program’s legacy and the lessons we can draw from it in the midst of another historic unemployment crisis. See below for a

Romney’s Ryan Regression

The economic wonk world was rocked by Romney’s pick of Congressman Paul Ryan for his VP, best known for his draconian budget plans and affinity for Ayn Rand. To get a sense of what this pick means, check out our full coverage: Romney’s Failed Unemployment Strategy and the Bizarro Stimulus of Paul Ryan by Roosevelt

Happy Seventy-Seventh, Social Security

On the 77th anniversary of Social Security, we’re celebrating what has made the program so important and why it continues to be vital today. Read our full coverage: Ignore the Deficit Hawks. Social Security is Easy to Fix. by Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow Jeff Madrick Social Security’s Enduring Legacy: Adaptability, by Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow

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For Press Inquiries, please contact: Ariela Weinberger Communications Manager aweinberger@rooseveltinstitute.org Press Archive Capturing the Government: Big Pharma’s Take Over of Policymaking May 22, 2019 For the Many, not the Few: Building an Inclusive Economy in the Age of Free Markets May 2, 2019 Roosevelt Fellow and Trade Expert Responds to Latest on New NAFTA April

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