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A Committee of Economists and other Experts for Stable, Accountable, Fair and Efficient Financial Reform

A Committee of Economists and other Experts for Stable, Accountable, Fair and Efficient Financial Reform (SAFER) is a focal point, clearinghouse and coordinating mechanism for progressive economists and analysts to gather and present their views on financial re-regulation and reform; to reach, to the degree possible, a consensus on the key issues relating to regulation and reform; and to help incorporate this work into the public debate over these issues that will ensue over the coming six  to nine months or so. By bringing these analysts together to speak in a concerted voice, we will be able to broaden the perspective on financial regulation and reform, and enhance our impact on this public debate. Read SAFER's Founding Statement (pdf)

SAFER Coordinators

Gerald Epstein has published widely on a variety of progressive economic policy issues, especially in the areas of central banking and international finance, and is the editor or co-editor (Edward Elgar Press 2004); Capital Flight and Capital Controls in Developing Countries (Edward Elgar Press 2004); Globalization and Progressive Economic Policy: (with Dean Baker and Robert Pollin, Cambridge University Press 1998); Macroeconomic Policy After the Conservative Era: Studies in Investment, Saving and Finance (with Herbert Gintis, Cambridge University Press 1995); and Transforming the U.S. Financial System: An Equitable and Efficient Structure for the 21st Century (with Gary Dymski and Robert Pollin, M.E. Sharpe 1993). Professor Epstein's current work focuses on developing macroeconomic policies to promote just and sustainable improvements in living standards. He is also a long-time member of the Center for Popular Economics.

Jane D’Arista writes and lectures on economics and finance and is a Research Associate at the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and at the Economic Policy Institute. She served as a staff economist for the Banking and Commerce Committees of the U.S. House of Representatives, as a principal analyst in the international division of the Congressional Budget Office and has lectured in graduate programs at Boston University School of Law, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the University of Utah and the New School University. Her publications include a two-volume history of U.S. monetary policy and financial regulation.

SAFER Contributors and Participants:

Eileen Appelbaum, Rutgers University and Center for Economic Policy Research

Michael Ash, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Dean Baker, Center for Economic Policy Research

William Black, University of Missouri, Kansas, Law School

Ron Blackwell, AFL-CIO

Jim Campen, Americans for Fairness in Lending

Douglas Cliggott, Dove Capital Management

James Crotty, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Jane D'Arista, Political Economy Research Institute (PERI)

Gary Dymski, University of California, Riverside

Gerald Epstein, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Korkut Erturk, University of Utah

Thomas Ferguson, University of Massachusetts, Boston

James Galbraith, University of Texas, Austin

Teresa Ghilarducci, New School for Social Research

Ilene Grabel, University of Denver

William Greider, Author

Stephany Griffith-Jones, Columbia University

Sanjiv Gupta, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Robert Guttmann, Hofstra University

Arjun Jayadev, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Robert Johnson, Roosevelt Institute and Americans for Financial Reform

Kathleen Keest, Center for Responsible Lending

Michael Konczal, Roosevelt Institute

Robert Kuttner, editor, The American Prospect

James Kwak, The Baseline Scenario

Jeff Madrick, editor Challenge Magazine and New School for Social Research

Michael Meeropol, College of Western New England

Perry Mehrling, Barnard College

Fred Moseley, Mt. Hoyloke College

Jose Antonio Ocampo, Columbia University

Thomas Palley, New America Foundation

Dimitri Papadimitriou, Levy Institute and Bard College

Rob Parenteau, Financial Analyst

Robert Pollin, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (Economics and PERI)

Chris Rude, Economist

Tom Schlesinger, Financial Markets Center

Jennifer Taub, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Robert Weissman, Essential Information

Christian Weller, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Marty Wolfson, University of Notre Dame

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SAFER Resources

SAFER is funded by a generous grant from the Nathan Cummings Foundation.