Salvatore Babones is a senior lecturer in sociology and social policy at the University of Sydney and an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS). He holds both a master's degree in statistics and a Ph.D. in sociology from the Johns Hopkins University. Before moving to Australia in 2008, he worked in financial risk management and taught sociology and statistics at several U.S. universities. His academic research focuses on income inequality, economic development, and statistical methods for comparative social science research. He writes a weekly column for the Inequality.org website and contributes to progressive websites and newsletters across America. Read about his upcoming book on the American economy, Benchmarking America, at BenchmarkingAmerica.com and visit his personal website, SalvatoreBabones.com. Dr. Babones welcomes e-mail and is always happy to contribute opinions and expertise to a good cause.
Economic Rapture Might Be around the Corner
July 16 - If the deficit disappears, our economic nightmare might finally come to an end. Published in Truthout and The (Alliance, OH) Review.
The European Financial Transactions Tax: Robin Hood or Sheriff of Nottingham?
July 3 - Germany, France, Italy, and Spain take time out from acute crisis talks to agree on a long term policy solution: taxing financial transactions.
Social Security's Dual-Income Trap
May 28 - Families with two breadwinners can end up paying more than twice as much in Social Security taxes as families with just one income. Published in Counterpunch and The (Easton, MD) Star Democrat and The Sidney (MT) Herald.