Analyzing the Economy of a Large, Urban County: The Case of Kings County, New York

January 2010. An article by James Parrott that shows available data (in this case, for Brooklyn – Kings County) can be used to estimate the economic impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) at the county level. Published in The Journal of County Administration, Parrott’s article begins on page 3 of the issue; see also an introduction by the president of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce (p. 1) and an editorial touting such research (p. 10).

Testimony on Employee Misclassification in New York’s Underground Economy – Assembly Labor Committee

January 27, 2010. Testimony presented by James Parrott, FPI’s Deputy Director and Chief Economist, to the Assembly Labor Committee. Research shows that misclassification of employees as so-called independent contractors places a significant burden on taxpayers (including unpaid income taxes as well as avoidance of unemployment benefits and health insurance premiums) and has the broader effect of weakening job security and even physical safety. Over decades, government has established employment standards and social insurance systems to protect workers and responsible businesses from those who would cut corners. Vigorous enforcement is critically important.

Immigrants in New York City: Economic Profile by Country of Origin

January 21, 2010. Data citywide as well as specific to countries of origin (in order of population impact): Dominican Republic, Mexico, India, China, Jamaica, Ecuador, Colombia, Guyana and British Guiana, Philippines, Haiti, El Salvador, Korea, Trinidad and Tobago, Poland, Peru, Italy, Russia and other USSR, Ukraine, Pakistan, Cuba, Bangladesh, and Hong Kong.

Paterson’s “Budget of Necessity”

January 20, 2010. From New York Now’s live coverage of the state budget release, a brief clip featuring Frank Mauro, the executive director of the Fiscal Policy  Institute, and David Liebschutz, the director of strategic planning and analysis at the Center for Governmental Research. Watch >> [2:25]

Testimony on Employee Misclassification in New York’s Underground Economy – Senate Labor Committee

January 13, 2010.  Testimony presented by James Parrott, FPI’s Deputy Director and Chief Economist, to the Senate Labor Committee.

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