JFI hosts research sessions, webinars, and seminars on all of our topics of interest. Many of the events are available in recorded form on our YouTube page

In July 2020, we launched a Social Wealth Seminar series, a diverse, interdisciplinary space to foster collaboration at the point where public finance meets more just social policy. More information here.

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Understanding What’s Next in Cash Assistance: State-Level Expansions Through the Tax System

The “Cash Consortium” and the Urban Institute’s State and Local Finance Initiative invite you to join a virtual discussion on recent changes in state cash assistance to families.

The Geopolitics of Stuff

A Phenomenal World panel – transcript now available

Guaranteed Income as Economic Justice

Hosted in Washington, DC and featuring JFI’s Halah Ahmad, this is a joint event by GHI Washington, the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor (Georgetown University) & the Blum Center on Poverty, Inequality, and Democracy (University of California, Santa Barbara). The event is endorsed by the American Historical Association (AHA).

Do Basic Income Experiments Influence Policy?

A virtual and in-person panel hosted at the 2022 Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) Congress taking place in Brisbane, Australia between September 26 and 28, 2022 – featuring JFI’s Stephen Nuñez.

Halah Ahmad speaks at the BIG conference on guaranteed income pilots and policy

Ahmad spoke alongside Madeline Neighly (Economic Security Project) and Kathrine Cagat (Mayors for a Guaranteed Income)

Phenomenal World event: Diminishing Returns

Virtual event June 22, 2022 at 4pm ET

A virtual discussion on Half-Earth Socialism, June 17 at 3pm ET

A conversation with Drew Pendergrass and JFI Researcher Francis Tseng

Phenomenal World event: IMF and the Legacy of Bretton Woods

Video now available from our panel discussion on the global monetary system

Economic War and the Commodity Shock

Javier Blas, Nicholas Mulder, and Alex Yablon in conversation on April 8, 2022 at 11am Eastern Time

Presentation on A New Public Housing Model -- Addis Ababa’s Urban Transformation

Join us on Friday, March 25 at 10am ET

What’s Next for Cash-Based Social Policies? Lessons from the Expanded Child Tax Credit

Join the Urban Institute and the Jain Family Institute for an event exploring key insights on the American Rescue Plan Act’s expanded Child Tax Credit (CTC). The event will begin with the perspectives of CTC beneficiaries reached through enrollment campaigns in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Sidhya Balakrishnan speaking at "Keeping it Real OC: Building Financial Strength for Vulnerable Families"

Orange County United Way hosts a “Keeping it Real OC” dialogue with a panel of experts, including JFI’s Director of Research Sidhya Balakrishnan, to learn about the opportunities available for vulnerable families to build financial strength.

Anton Korinek: Aligning AI with Society's Values

JFI Research Session with Professor Anton Korinek, drawing on his work on AI systems and governance

Research Briefing: Macroeconomic Effects of the Child Tax Credit

A brief overview of a JFI report that explores the macroeconomic effects of regular cash transfers, such as the new Child Tax Credit (CTC)

Investments in Tuition-Free College: Where the US has been and where America's College Promise would take us

Join us for a Research Session with Peter Granville, Senior Policy Associate at The Century Foundation, drawing on his recent report: “Congress’s Free Community College Plan Could Benefit 8 Million Students, With the Right Funding Formula.”

July 27, 10 am ET: Panel Discussion on the Future of Social Democracy

A discussion around our book, MARKET ECONOMY, MARKET SOCIETY, featuring Stephanie Mudge, Adam Przeworski, Wolfgang Streeck, and Waltraud Schelkle, co-hosted with London School of Economics Sociology

Cash Aid: Views from the Front Lines of the Pandemic

Hosted by JFI, the Urban Institute, and Aspen Institute Financial Security Program, this discussion highlights pain points and lessons from the past year’s federal safety net measures

Universal Basic Income Workshop: Experiments, Policies, and Strategies

A two-day, online series of events and presentations on international basic income

International Perspectives in Basic Income Messaging - BIRAL Seminar

JFI is hosting the second Basic Income Research and Action Lab (BIRAL) seminar: “International Perspectives in Basic Income Messaging,” an international collaboration of JFI, FRIBIS, BIEN, and GRI Basic Income Research Group

Investment and Decarbonization: A Panel Discussion

A panel hosted by the Phenomenal World.

JFI speaks at Stanford Deliberative Polling & Korea Basic Income Fair events

JFI Lead Researcher on Guaranteed Income, Stephen Nuñez, spoke to the state of research in guaranteed income and UBI

The Bonds of Inequality: A roundtable on the new book by Destin Jenkins

Friday, April 23, at 11:30 Eastern Time

Panel: Party Politics and the Financialization of Social Policy in Brazil

The panel took place on Zoom on Monday, January 25, 2-4pm ET

View all of 2020’s Social Wealth Seminar sessions

An archive of 2020’s eleven sessions in JFI’s ongoing virtual forum exploring strategies to manage public assets and resources in service of society, in the United States and across the world

Event on Reweaving the Safety Net: The Best Fit for Guaranteed Income

Sidhya Balakrishnan, Michael Lewis, and Stephen Nunez presented on guaranteed income implementation on Thursday, December 17

JFI co-hosts international roundtable on AI governance with UNESCO, Future Society

Along with several major research, policy, and legal organizations, JFI digital ethics researchers convened for the 2nd annual Athens Roundtable on AI

Panel on November 9, 2020: Global Power in the North-Atlantic Financial System

Discussion moderated by Adam Tooze

Aaron Benanav, Tim Barker, and Katrina Forrester

The Phenomenal World co-hosts an event on Aaron Benanav’s new book, “Automation and the Future of Work,” with N+1 and Dissent

‘Legislating Relief’ - JFI hosts expert perspectives on urgent higher education bills

Key takeaways of our August 7th panel with policy and research experts in higher education, providing crucial perspectives for the ongoing debate around continued higher education relief bills

Thea Riofrancos

Speaking to her newly-published book, Resource Radicals: From Petro-Nationalism to Post-Extractivism in Ecuador, Riofrancos discussed the results of almost a decade of research in Ecuador

Panel on Thursday, August 13: Geoeconomics and the Balance of Payments

A video recording from a panel initiated and moderated by Adam Tooze

Zach Carter and Ian Kumekawa on Keynes

The Phenomenal World cohosts an event on Zach Carter’s new book, “The Price of Peace,” with the Ballot

Max Kasy

JFI’s virtual research session with Max Kasy, Associate Professor at Oxford, discussing fairness in algorithmic decision-making.

Announcing JFI's Social Wealth Seminar

The seminar is an ongoing virtual, semi-monthly forum exploring strategies to manage public assets and resources in service of a more just society.

Andre Luduvice

We were joined by Andre Luduvice of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, and doctoral candidate in economics at UPenn, for a preliminary discussion on the macroeconomic effects of UBI.

Experts & advocates on renewable energy, mining, land rights discuss JFI’s report on mining

Our Live #JFIMiningChat on Twitter shed new light on Green New Deal legislation and the practical and ethical questions related to a transition away from fossil fuels

JFI hosts Michael Pettis, Adam Tooze, and Matthew Klein discussing "Trade Wars are Class Wars" book release

In conversation with historian Adam Tooze, Michael Pettis and Matthew Klein discussed the important ramifications of international trade wars that stem from savings imbalances driven by dramatic income distributions.

Alex Hertel-Fernandez

Columbia SIPA Assistant Professor Alex Hertel-Fernandez joined JFI for a virtual Research Session and fascinating discussion on “Collective Action in Private Governments: Lessons for Building Labor Power in the Pandemic.”

Gernot Wagner

Author of “Climate Shock” and NYU associate professor of environmental studies and public service, Gernot Wagner joined JFI for a virtual research session on carbon pricing and COVID-19.

Live Twitter chat - free higher ed, austerity, & other histories from Kim Phillips-Fein

JFI hosted five historians and economists for a live Twitter chat about free higher ed, austerity, the New Deal, and modern implications, drawing from an interview with historian Kim Phillips-Fein. Read the conversation archive here.

Suresh Naidu

Columbia Economist Suresh Naidu presented upcoming research on labor market power at a JFI Research Session.

Doug Webber

Doug Webber, Associate Professor of Economics at Temple University, joined us for a JFI Research Session to share the results of his recent work.

Dubravka Ritter

Dubravka Ritter of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia presented two papers at a JFI Research Session this November.

Alyssa Battistoni

Harvard Environmental Fellow and political theorist Alyssa Battistoni presented on her new book, “A Planet to Win: Why We Need a Green New Deal.”

Johannes Haushofer

Johannes Haushofer presented at a JFI Research Session on Friday, Nov. 8th, about new cash transfer research

Zach Parolin

A presentation on organized labor and automation

Robert Hartley

Hartley presented on models for financing for guaranteed income

An overview of our summer social mobility seminar, hosted by Briane Cornish-Knight

JFI’s inaugural six-part seminar

Rodrigo Ochigame

Ochigame discussed his interdisciplinary research on models of logic

Beth Popp Berman

Berman presented her forthcoming book, “Thinking Like an Economist”

Kathryn Holston

Holston presented on the current state of macroeconomic modeling

Marshall Steinbaum

Steinbaum presented a paper on student debt

Aisha Nyandoro and Rachel Black

Nyandoro and Black discussed the Magnolia Mother’s Trust

J.W. Mason

Mason presented on macroeconomics after the recession

Jack Marley-Payne

Marley-Payne led us through a new workshop on p-values

Dylan Matthews

Matthews spoke on the state of data journalism

Arden Ali

Ali presented on ethical considerations for artificial intelligence

Hana Beach

Beach provided an overview of feminist thought on basic income

Maximilian Kasy

Kasy presented on basic income experimental design

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