Clean Energy Economics
Green New Deal
Conditions for Low-Wage Workers
Robert Pollin's 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 and globally.
New School for Social Research: Ph.D., Economics
New School for Social Research: M.A., Economics
University of Wisconsin-Madison: B.A., History
Select Media Coverage (6)
Is a Livable Future Still Possible? Chomsky and Pollin Discuss the IPCC Report.
In this exclusive interview, Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin offer remarkable insights on what the new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report means, and implications for action, on both the political and financial front.
No Evidence to Support FED 2% Inflation Target – Robert Pollin
The inflation conference at Political Economy Research Institute at UMass Amherst (PERI) presented mounting evidence that raising the rate of interest will only raise unemployment and weaken the bargaining power of low-wage workers and the poor that are already hit hard by the pandemic across the world. Robert Pollin joins Sharmini Peries on theAnalysis.news.
Rising Interest Rates Intended to Create Unemployment – An Interview withBob Pollin
Robert Pollin is interviewed about central banks raising interest rates to create more desperation among workers and weaken their bargaining power.
The Political Economy of Saving the Planet
Boston Review online
Robert Pollin and economist colleague Noam Chomsky discuss prospects for change, the connections between climate and the COVID-19 pandemic, and whether eco-socialism is a viable option for mobilizing people in the struggle to create a green future.
Trump Calls COVID-19 “Foreign Virus” as Lack of Universal Healthcare Makes the Pandemic Worse
Demoncracy Now! online
In a video interview, Robert Pollin, distinguished university professor of economics and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, says the lack of universal healthcare in the U.S. is exacerbating the coronavirus crisis due to “the absurdity that people cannot feel confident that they are going to get medical treatment” when they need it most.
The Legal and Economics Aspects of the Coronavirus Epidemic
Robert Pollin, is interviewed on a radio program about the legal and economic aspects of the COVID-19 outbreak. (Pollin begins at 29:30)
Select Publications (5)
Neoliberalism’s Bailout ProblemBoston Review
Gerald Epstein and Robert Pollin
UMass Amherst economists Robert Pollin and Gerald Epstein write about the role that government bailouts play in neoliberalism.
Wanted: Shovel-Ready Projects for a Green New DealThe Nation
"In advancing a Green New Deal for the United States under current conditions, it is important to take seriously issues around how best to time the launch various components of the overall project."
The Deficit Is Exploding! And That’s a Good Thing.The Nation
"One huge question about the stimulus package that nobody seems to be asking is: Where does the money come from to pay for it?" Robert Pollins says the fact that nobody’s asking where the money is coming from shows how much our politics have changed since 2008.
Green Economics and Decent Work: A Viable Unified FrameworkInternational Labour Organization (ILO) Report :"Greening with Jobs"
The 2018 International Labour Organization (ILO) report Greening with Jobs, part of their World Employment and Social Outlook series, could not possibly be focused on a more critical issue. This is because climate change literally represents an existential threat to life on earth as we know it. ...
The Case for Medicare for AllThe Wall Street Journal
A single-payer, “Medicare for all,” health insurance system in the U.S. could finance good-quality coverage for all residents while reducing health-spending by about 10 percent, writes Robert Pollin, distinguished professor of economics at UMass Amherst and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute.