Robert Pollin

Robert Pollin is Professor of Economics and founding Co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.  His research centers on macroeconomics, conditions for low-wage workers in the U.S. and globally, the analysis of financial markets, and the economics of building a clear-energy economy in the U.S.  His books include A Measure of Fairness: The Economics of Living Wages and Minimum Wages in the United States (co-authored, 2008); An Employment-Targeted Economic Program for Kenya (co-authored, 2008);  An Employment-Targeted Economic Program for South Africa (co-authored, 2007);  Contours of Descent: U.S. Economic Fractures and the Landscape of Global Austerity (2003); and The Living Wage: Building A Fair Economy (co-authored 1998); and the edited volumes Human Development in the Era of Globalization (co-edited 2006); Globalization and Progressive Economic Policy (co-edited, 1998); The Macroeconomics of Saving, Finance, and Investment (1997); and Transforming the U.S. Financial System (co-edited 1993).  He also writes a regular column “Economic Prospects” for New Labor Forum.  Most recently, he has co-authored a series of studies including Green Recovery, (September 2008), The Economic Benefits of Clean Energy Investments (June 2009), and Green Prosperity (June 2009) exploring the broader economic benefits from large-scale investments to build a clean-energy economy in the United States. He is also consulting with the U.S. Department of Energy on implementation of the clean energy components of the Obama economic stimulus program.  He has worked with the United Nations Development Program and the United Nations Economic Commission on Africa on policies to promote to promote decent employment expansion and poverty reduction in Latin America and more recently, sub-Saharan Africa.  He has also worked with the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress and as a member of the Capital Formation Subcouncil of the U.S. Competiveness Policy Council.  He is a long-time member of the Editorial Board of Dollars & Sense Magazine.

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