SEJ Blogs

Our blogs are short commentaries on current affairs issues.

The Top 6 Work Skills Today’s Employers Want

Laura Brewer

After four years of college, my son is about to graduate with a degree in Environmental Politics. We are both aware that he is entering the job market at a time when more and more young people cannot find work. While putting together his résumé, he recently asked me what kind of skills today’s employers […]

Austerity, Journalists And The Financial Sector

Simon Wren-Lewis

The argument that current growth (since 2013 in the UK and maybe from 2014 in the Eurozone) vindicates austerity is ludicrous. Anyone who comes to the debate without existing baggage can see that developments in the UK and Eurozone have been entirely consistent with what academic critics of austerity have been saying. So rather than […]

Why Digital Niche Media Are On The Rise

Henning Meyer

The digital niche media market has entered another very interesting development phase, at least in the US. And to be perfectly honest the US is the place you have to look at if you want to keep abreast of publishing trends. In my view, Europe lags behind several years even though broadband access and prices […]

Ten Steps To Revive The European Economy

Manuel de la Rocha

Economistas Frente a la Crisis (Economists Confronting The Crisis) is a group of Spanish economists founded in 2011, who refuse to remain indifferent to the increase social suffering and inequality brought about by current economic policies. Our aims is to challenge the dominant conservative economic paradigms and promote a broader debate on proposals capable of […]

Proposals To Fight Unemployment In Europe

Frank Roels

Comparing several proposals for economic growth, I focus on the number of novel, additional jobs that are predicted. Indeed, the present prospects for employment in the EU are not favorable. Although the IMF expects a return to growth in the Eurozone in 2014, and growth rates of about 1.5% in the following years, the Euro […]

Zygmunt Bauman’s Warning From History

Brad Evans

We are about to enter into a sobering period reminding us of the human capacity for destruction and devastation. As we begin to commemorate a number of key historic moments marking out the “century of violence”, there will be a need to honor the dead and remember the failures of our political imaginations in preventing […]

What Hope Is There For The 27 Million Unemployed in Europe?

Frank Roels

Preparing for the Progressive Economy Forum in Brussels[1], I compared several proposals for economic growth, and in particular which prospects they create for the unemployed. In this first paper, I examine two fallacies with respect to employment that are omnipresent in the media and political discourse. In the subsequent article, we shall look at the […]

Explaining Stagnation: Why It Matters

Thomas Palley

Larry Summers (HERE) and Paul Krugman (HERE) have recently identified the phenomenon of stagnation.  Given that they are giants in today’s economic policy conversation, their views have naturally received enormous attention. That attention is very welcome because the issue is so important. However, there is also a danger that their dominance risks crowding out other […]

Youth Unemployment – How Do The Austrians Do It?

Johannes Kopf

In 11 EU member states youth unemployment is over than 25% and it is 49% or higher in Croatia, Spain and Greece. This fact is not a purely national problem. Instead, it constitutes one of the biggest challenges currently faced by the EU. Yet among its neighbours, Austria’s position is surprisingly stable due to its […]

What Really Terrifies Us About The Vanishing Malaysian Airliner?

Brad Evans

It is now some two weeks since the mysterious vanishing of Malaysian Airlines flight 370. Following extensive searches of the South East Asia peninsula, it seems that we are even less certain as to whether the crew and passengers are still alive or the victims of a tragic event. Their fate remains unknown. As to […]

Chancellors, Fools And The UK Recovery

John Weeks

I grew up in Texas where state and local judges are elected, not unusual in the United States. In most states minimum legal qualifications are required for a person to stand for judge. Not so in Texas, where we had the saying: in some places you need a law degree to run for judge, but […]