Prof. Robert Pollin and Michael Lighty discuss the findings of a new study by the Political Economy Research Institute at UMass Amherst. The study finds Medicare for All could reduce total healthcare spending by 10 percent, while creating stable access to good care and improving the health of all U.S. residents. Continue reading →
Nobody likes to starve, regardless of their race, religion, political orientation, or whether you live in Jordan, Yemen, Tunisia, Egypt or America. But curiously what has, in large part, been driving the sudden revolutions has been the spiking prices of food in the Mid-East and Europe, leading to empty bellies. And behind it, as Ed Schultz reported at MSNBC, [see video below] has been the rampant speculation of Wall Street in food commodities, driven by no less than Goldman Sachs.
Robert Pollin: It wasn’t war that ended the 1930s Depression, it was massive government spending
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 clean-energy economy in the U.S. Most recently, he co-authored the reports “Job Opportunities for the Green Economy” (June 2008) and “Green Recovery” (September 2008), exploring the broader economic benefits of large-scale investments in a clean-energy economy in the U.S. He has worked with the United Nations Development Programme and the United Nations Economic Commission on Africa on policies to promote to promote decent employment expansion and poverty reduction in Latin America and 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. Competitiveness Policy Council.