About Economic Development:
The Roosevelt Institute’s Center for Economic Development, led by Center Director Cameron Davis and Initiative Organizer Stephanie Grove, confronts a broad range of issues germane to the America’s economic system – issues which are often the impetus for voters’ actions at the ballot box at every level of government. On Columbia’s campus, the Center is involved in a wide variety of policy areas, from the financial aid system to the complex investment decisions surrounding Columbia’s tuition. In general body discussions, the Center has addressed topics regarding America’s technological frontier, such as Uber and Bitcoin, as well as traditional issues such as international trade and labor issues. It also tries to focus on too-frequently ignored but important aspects of the American economy, holding discussions on issues such as infrastructure, rural poverty, and even the idea of a universal basic income. Economic Center authors in the Roosevelt Review have written about issues such as these, as well as the need for increased NASA research and reforms to Social Security. This year, the Center will be focused on addressing financialization and socially responsible investment at a Columbia and Barnard.
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