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Robert Pollin - University of Massachusetts Amherst. Amherst, MA, US

Robert Pollin Robert Pollin

Distinguished Professor of Economics / Co-Director, Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) | University of Massachusetts Amherst


Robert Pollin's research centers on macroeconomics and the economics of building a clean-energy economy in the U.S and globally.

Areas of Expertise (4)

Applied Econometrics

Green New Deal

Clean Energy Economics

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.

Video Appearances




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Panel Discussion, Dec. 6, 2019 Robin Pollin on Trump, Healthcare and COVID-19


Education (3)

New School for Social Research: Ph.D., Economics

New School for Social Research: M.A., Economics

University of Wisconsin-Madison: B.A., History

Press Coverage (4)

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.

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The Legal and Economics Aspects of the Coronavirus Epidemic

KPFA  radio


Robert Pollin, is interviewed on a radio program about the legal and economic aspects of the COVID-19 outbreak. (Pollin begins at 29:30)

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The Good News About a Green New Deal

The New Yorker  


Robert Pollin, a professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, who has helped design a number of Green New Deals for individual states, including New York and Washington, said, “I think it is wonderful that the issue is being addressed, but I don’t think this movement has yet accepted that you have to do these things carefully and rigorously.”

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Medicare for All Forum

Democratic Socialists of America and other groups  online


Robert Pollin delivered a talk on Medicare for all at a forum in Hamden, Connecticut.

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Publications (4)

Wanted: Shovel-Ready Projects for a Green New Deal

The Nation

Robert Pollin


"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."

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The Deficit Is Exploding! And That’s a Good Thing.

The Nation

Robert Pollin


"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.

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Green Economics and Decent Work: A Viable Unified Framework

International Labour Organization (ILO) Report :"Greening with Jobs"

Robert Pollin


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. ...

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The Case for Medicare for All

The Wall Street Journal

Robert Pollin


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.

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