9/26/07 Blogspot, John Tepper Marlin, Congestion Pricing Linked to Parking Fees. "NYC Mayor Bloomberg's Traffic Congestion Mitigation Committee met on September 25 and the connection between parking and congestion pricing was immediately put on the table..."
9/25/07 Blogspot, John Tepper Marlin, Bravo MTA. "The MTA is thinking of having an off-peak fare, a discount for bus and subway riders in New York City. That's a good move..."
9/20/07 Blog on Huffington Post, John Tepper Marlin, Traffic Snarls in LA and NYC Get Worse. "The Los Angeles and New York City areas have suffered the highest total annual costs from traffic delays since 1982. And the delays are getting worse. It's no surprise that the LA-Orange County area ranks worst... The NYC metro area does much better but is deteriorating. The big surprise is that snarls at the report are not for rating LA and OC worst again, but for understating the magnitude of the local problem. ..." 9/11/07 Blog on Huffington Post, John Tepper Marlin, Turkey's Economic Straddle. "Turkey's program of straddling its Islamic past and its economic future is being pushed, watched and challenged. It is being pushed by the government and watched by the EU, which Turkey wishes to join, and by its own army. At the same time, Turkey's employers are being challenged by low-wage competition from the country's near neighbors and European buyers concerned about labor conditions. ..."
9/9/07 Blogspot, John Tepper Marlin, What Is Silicon Valley? Comparisons with NYC. "New York City is commonly rated below Silicon Valley and Boston as a tech center, based on the higher density of their high-tech firms. A study by the New York-based group ITAC (full report downloadable from their web site) claims this is unfair and stresses that NYC has more high-tech workers than its major tech competitors. As a resident, fan and former employee of the City of New York, I would like to believe this, but the study appears to overstate NYC's case. It uses as its definition of Silicon Valley the San Jose MSA, and excludes San Francisco. ..." Compares with data in 1999 City Comptroller's report on the NYC software/IT industry.
7/23/07 Acknowledged, David Toomey, New Time Travelers (New York: W.W. Norton, 2007), about scholars who have written in-depth about time travel. John Tepper Marlin provided information about his uncle Dr. Willem Jacob van Stockum, a mathematician who was the first to show (in 1937) how Einstein's theory of relativity implied possibilities for time travel.
7/21/07 Cited, "Businesses Near Blast Worry about Repayment," by Ken Belson and Patrick McGeehan, New York Times, p. B1. "The city has not yet produced an estimate of the blast's economic effect, though John Tepper Marlin..."
7/20/07 Cited, "Life Stirs, but Fitfully, in the Heart of the City," by Ethan Wilensky-Lanford, New York Times. Regarding the steam pipe explosion in Midtown Manhattan, "John Tepper Marlin, a former chief economist for the city comptroller’s office, estimated the lost business income at $10 million to $30 million through last night."
7/17/07 Testimony on Land Value Taxation, Forum Sponsored by Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, held at the Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute, Baruch College. 7/16/07 Profile: John Tepper Marlin, "Taking the Temperature of New York City's Economy," by David Gibbons, Chelsea Now. "Nearly 37 years ago, a pair of young financial intellects and activists, John Marlin and Alice Tepper, met, fell in love and were married—each taking on the other’s maiden name. They moved to an apartment on the corner of West 22nd Street and Ninth Avenue, in the heart of Chelsea, where they’ve lived ever since, raising two children, Jay, 33, and Caroline, 29, and pursuing two equally distinguished and influential careers... more
JUNE 6/28/07(Paper) "What Form of CSR Is Best for You?" including as cases Tiffany's, Gap and Chiquita and the policies of Turkey, Italy and Pakistan, Conference on CSR, Baruch College, June 2007.
6/28/07(Comment) Senator Hillary Clinton has suggested a new "Irish bond" to raise money for the Northern Ireland economy. Speaking to Northern Ireland leaders in Washington on June 27, 2007, Senator Clinton said the proposal was at very early stage. It would allow Northern Ireland to obtain greater international funds for expansion. She said that the money could be used to fund Northern Ireland companies hoping to move into the international market. International investors would buy the bonds, which would essentially be loans taken out by the Northern Ireland Government for economic expansion. Comment: The Ireland Peace Bond was proposed by the NYC Comptroller in March 1995. The structure was envisioned as a development bank. Senator Clinton's proposal appears to be for a bond to be issued by Northern Ireland directly. NYC Comptroller Alan Hevesi proposed a peace bond in 1995. Eamon deValera got important funding early in his career as an Irish leader by selling bonds issued in January 1920 to Irish-Americans in 1920, although questions were raised about how the funds were used. De Valera visited the United States from June 1919 to December 1920, leaving the leadership of the Irish Republic to Michael Collins. The purpose of de Valera’s visit was in part to sell bonds to finance the work of the Government and he raised $5.5 million from American supporters, far more than the Dáil expected.Of the $5.5 million, $500,000 was devoted to the American presidential campaign in 1920 which helped him gain wider public support there. In 1921 it was said that $1.5 million had already been spent, and it is unclear when the net balance arrived in Ireland. Sean O'Driscoll, Hillary Clinton suggests new bond scheme to boost Ulster's economy, Belfast Telegraph. 6/26/07 (Paper)"Business and Ecology," for the U.S. Ecological Economists, Pace University, June 2007.
6/8/07(Cited) "Majority Oppose NYC Congestion Plan: Poll," Crain's (David Jones). Referenced Prof. William Vickrey's 1992 proposal
3/07 EPS Quarterly, 19:1 Article - "The Costs of War to Occupied Countries," EPS Quarterly, 19:1 (March 2007). Published by Economists for Peace and Security. "The Winged Watchman" is a 1962 book by Hilda van Stockum kept in print by Bethlehem Books. Based on the experience of van Stockum's relatives in Holland, it brings to life the high cost to Holland of occupation by the Nazis after the "shock and awe" of the bombing of Rotterdam in 1940. Hilda van Stockum had many letters about the high cost of the occupation - she lost both her brothers from the war (her brother Willem van Stockum was an RAF bomber pilot and was shot down over Laval; her other brother Jan died right after the war as a result of disease contracted in Holland during the war). Her children had first-hand exposure to these costs when we visited our Dutch relatives soon after the war. It also shows the bitter resentment of the Dutch and their growing willingess to risk their lives by joining the Resistance. Those who did not live through World War II may forget its lessons. Children's books are a way to pass on the lessons learned by one generation to the next. Is it too much to think that an understanding of the message of this book would have been helpful when plans were being made about how best the United States should respond to the news about 9/11? In fact, at that time the President of the United States was listening intently to the story of "The Pet Goat" being read out to him to the rhythm of a stick by an energetic class in Sarasota, Fla. The story of the pet goat has a different message from The Winged Watchman. Its message is that a single heroic victory by the pet goat could solve all of the goat's basic problems, which had led to the father of the girl who owned the pet saying: "That goat must go!" In fact the goat's butting of the alleged car thief did not solve the underlying problem, which is that the goat could not be controlled and ate everything in the house. Read more: The Costs of War to Occupied Countries." (Order The Winged Watchman through Bethlehem Books or Amazon. For more about Hilda van Stockum, visit the HvS website or the Boissevain website. 3/16/07 (HuffPost) The proof of alternative investing by the NY City pension fund is in the successful management of these investments, with the poster child for success being Jack Meyer when he was managing Harvard's money and the poster child for failure was Robert Citron when he was Treasurer of Orange County and managing a pool of its own and other municipalities' money. Citron's successor wrote in that Orange County was no pension fund. But pension funds (California, San Diego, NY State Teachers) invested in Enron, Amaranth, New Century Financial. NYC pension-fund shortfalls are made good by City contributions, in a provision enshrined in the NY State Constitution. "Eat your words, Mr. Moorlach." Read more: Big Apple v. Orange Co. 3/15/07 (HuffPost) The RED campaign was created by several companies - including Gap Inc., Motorola and Sprint - to generate money to fights AIDS in Africa. Ad Age argued that it was unsuccessful and a bad idea. This blog questions both arguments. Read more: Why the Grouse about the RED Campaign?