Research Sessions

JFI Research Sessions are in-depth, long-form conversations on significant new research. Academics, practitioners, or JFI researchers present a paper, report, or project, followed by questions and conversation. Geared towards an expert interdisciplinary audience, sessions cover JFI’s research topics as well as related topics in social science and policy. Audiences are intentionally small to encourage seminar-style engagement and the sharing of not-yet-public work. We currently host all sessions over video chat, but look forward to welcoming speakers and guests back to our Manhattan office after the pandemic.

Though in most cases JFI staff extends invitations to speakers, please get in touch with if you would like to present.

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.

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

A conversation with Drew Pendergrass and JFI Researcher Francis Tseng

Anton Korinek: Aligning AI with Society's Values

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

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.”

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

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

Max Kasy

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

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.

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.

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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