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The Fiscal Cliff - Kenneth Thomas - NPTR 29

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Professor Thomas is an author, blogger, and political scientist who has written extensively on competition for investment, subsidies and multinational corporations. Thomas received his education at Princeton University (BA, Philosophy), the University of Memphis (MA, Political Science) and the University of Chicago (Ph.D., Political Science). He currently works as Professor of Political Science and Fellow at the Center for International Studies and Programs at the University of Missouri in St. Louis. In October 2000 Thomas published his second book Competing for Capital: Europe and North America in a Global Era. In this book, he analyzes the negative effects of underwriting big business, including reduction in economic efficiency, shifting of tax burdens, worsening of economic inequalities, and environmental degradation. He also discusses the powers granted to the European Union's governing European Commission for controlling subsidies and draws on data to show that those efforts are paying off. Similarly, Thomas analyzes North America and draws on data to suggest that U.S. subsidies to business are only continuing to increase. Thomas published his third book Investment Incentives and the Global Competition for Capital in 2011. In this work the author continues to delve into the battle of national, state, and local governments to attract investment. 

Tune in Sunday, December 9th, at 9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific, as NPTR host Sean Prophet interviews author, blogger and political scientist Kenneth P. Thomas.