Robert Pollin


Political Economy Research Institute

Gordon Hall
418 N. Pleasant St., Suite A
Amherst, MA 01002
Phone: 413-577-0819
Robert Pollin is co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute at UMass Amherst. He received a Ph.D. in economics from the New School for Social Research in New York City in 1982. His research centers on macroeconomics, conditions for low-wage workers in the U.S. and globally, and the analysis of financial markets.

His recent books include Contours of Descent: U.S. Economic Fractures and the Landscape of Global Austerity (Verso 2003); The Living Wage: Building a Fair Economy (with Stephanie Luce, The New Press 1998); and the edited volumes Globalization and Progressive Economic Policy (with Dean Baker and Gerald Epstein, Cambridge 1998), The Macroeconomics of Saving, Finance, and Investment (University of Michigan Press 1997), and Transforming the U.S. Financial System (with Gary Dymski and Gerald Epstein, M.E. Sharpe 1993).

In the area of labor market policies, Professor Pollin has written extensively on the viability of "living wage" policies, including those as proposed by policymakers in Los Angeles and Santa Monica, California; New Orleans, Louisiana; and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

He is currently completing a manuscript, co-written with Professor James Heintz of PERI, on the economics of global sweatshops. In separate areas of policy work, he is currently co-directing a project on employment-targeted macroeconomic policies for South Africa, under the auspices of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). He has worked previously with the UNDP in Bolivia, and has 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.

Focus: Development, Economy, Finance, Globalization, Jobs, Bolivia, South Africa, United States, Africa, Americas, Global


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