Tim Koechlin

Tim Koechlin

Tim Koechlin holds a PhD in economics. He is the Director of the International Studies Program at Vassar College, where he has an appointment in International Studies and Urban Studies. Professor Koechlin has taught and written about a variety of subjects including economic, political and racial inequality; globalization; macroeconomic policy, and urban political economy.

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Saturday, June 24, 2017
From Bad to Worse: The GOP Assault on the Nation's Health and Wellbeing
The US health care system is complicated, for sure. But in some essential and profoundly consequential ways, it’s not complicated at all. A few related truths about health care in the US: The US health care system is (and has long been) wildly inefficient, inequitable and ineffective. The depth of...
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Donald Trump... Leaker-in-Chief?
Donald Trump and his associates have spent much of the past year deflecting questions about Trump’s stubborn refusal to release his taxes. What is Trump hiding? Embarrassing business relationships in Russia or elsewhere? Debts that might indicate conflicts of interest? Or maybe this billionaire’s...
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Friday, February 03, 2017
The Extremist Steve Bannon Must Resign
Senator Cory Booker Newark Office One Gateway Center 23rd Floor Newark, NJ 07102 Dear Senator Booker, I am resident of New Jersey, a progressive, and I vote. I am writing to express my alarm and dismay that Stephen Bannon occupies the role of President Trump’s “Chief Strategist.” Bannon is a racist...
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Déjà vu All Over Again: The GOP Prepares to Make the Rich Even Richer
As the Republican Congress begins to execute its latest attack on poor and middle class Americans (the repeal of the Affordable Care Act; cuts in education spending, Social Security and Medicare; attacks on worker rights, and, of course, more tax cuts for the rich), it’s worth putting this assault...
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Monday, October 24, 2016
Free to Plunder: The Case Against Gary Johnson and Libertarianism
A recent Quinnipiac poll reports that 19% of likely voters between the ages of 18 and 34 – “millennials” – plan to vote for Gary Johnson. Many of these voters identify as “progressive.” I find this confusing and troubling. Gary Johnson is a libertarian. Like the Koch Brothers. Like Ayn Rand...
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Friday, August 28, 2015
China, the Stock Market Crash, Scott Walker and the Wonders of Economic Freedom (A Satire)
As of Tuesday this week , the Dow Jones Industrial Average had plummeted nearly 2000 points over five days; more than ten percent of its value had disappeared. What the heck is going on? Fortunately, Wisconsin Governor (and Republican presidential hopeful) Scott Walker has an explanation: it's...
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A rally for workers' rights in Buffalo, NY. (Photo: Lady Buffalo/cc/flickr) Views
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Inequality and the Case for Unions
Across the country, Republican legislatures – encouraged and financed, as usual, by corporate money and right wing think tanks-- have undertaken a stunning array of initiatives designed to weaken unions and otherwise undermine American workers. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, along with several other...
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Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Our 'Winner Take All' Economy Is Destroying Us
The United States is, by every reasonable measure, the most unequal of the world’s rich countries. And this is not new development. For more than three decades, the US has been suffering from a crisis of inequality. The Democrats have not taken this crisis seriously enough. The Republicans seem hell-bent on making it worse.
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