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PERI's work as featured in the media, and commentaries by PERI economists:

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March 2016
Yes! Magazine: What Keeping Oil in the Ground Can Do for Economic Inequality
Robert Pollin and James K. Boyce's work at PERI on green jobs, environmental justice, and creating a just renewable energy transition is featured in this article.

March 2016
Fix Capitalism on the Huffington Post: Crunch Time for the Climate
James K. Boyce writes in this Op-Ed about President Obama's Clean Power Plan Rule, and in favor of carbon dividend bills in Congress. 

March 2016
The Guardian: Delhi's air pollution is a classic case of environmental injustice
In this Op-Ed, James K. Boyce and Aseem Shrivastava write: India's new tax on car sales is a step in the right direction, but can the country address the wealth and power imbalance driving the health disaster?

November 2015 
Harper's Magazine: Rethinking Extinction: Toward a Less Gloomy Environmentalism
James K. Boyce: "A recurrent theme in the narratives of American environmentalism is that people are bad. Humans, in this telling, are sinners, a cancerous growth on the face of the planet. The traditional goal of the environmental movement has been to restore a baseline, a state of nature that existed before human defilement. But however well these people-versus-nature narratives served environmentalism over the past century, the time has come to dismantle them and erect a new intellectual scaffolding."

October 20, 2015
Scholars Strategy Network: Why Fast Food Employers Can Adjust to a $15 Minimum Wage Without Shedding Jobs
Robert Pollin and Jeannette Wicks-Lim summarize their research: "For workers, families, and communities, the benefits of minimum-wage increases are clear, but are there also downsides – such as a loss of jobs in affected industries? Perhaps surprisingly, the answer is no, as long as the wage increases are implemented in reasonable increments, which enable businesses to adjust gradually."

October 6, 2015
The New York Times Sunday Book Review: "How the Other Half Banks," by Mehrsa Baradaran
Nancy Folbre: "In 1890 the journalist Jacob Riis published 'How the Other Half Lives,' a powerful indictment of the horrific tenements of New York that gave rise to a significant housing reform movement. Mehrsa Baradaran, a University of Georgia law professor, reaches for a similar impact in her description of the oppressive financial environment that low-income families inhabit. The answer to the implicit question contained in her title, 'How the Other Half Banks,' is simple: The 'other half' hardly banks at all."

September 8, 2015
Live Mint: Destruction of US credibility at WTO
Timothy A. Wise and Biraj Patna: It is hypocritical of the US to give price support to its farmers while denying it to the world’s poorest farmers

July 2, 2015
Dollars & Sense: From Boring Banking to Roaring Banking: How the financial sector grew out of control, and how we can change it
Gerald Epstein spoke with Dollars & Sense to discuss major themes in his current research—the dramatic growth in the financial sector, the transformation from regulated “boring” banking to deregulated “roaring” banking, the ways the current system has ill-served the economy and society, and the need for regulation of private finance and development of alternative financial institutions.

May 15, 2015
The Springfield Republican: UMass Professor Pollin understands why Democrats skeptical of new trade proposal
"President Barack Obama is touting his 12-nation trade deal as good for the United States economy while Massachusetts U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren and other democrats contend it would hurt domestic jobs. But Robert Pollin says there are reasons to be skeptical about the Trans-Pacific Partnership the president is promising... 'Globalization has meant job losses, a loss of bargaining power.'"

April 16, 2015
The Huffington Post: How the Fed Is Making the Rich Richer and Leaving You Behind
In this interview with PERI Co-Director Gerald Epstein about his recent research on the motivations behind and impacts of Federal Reserve policies, he states, "People in America get really angry at the Federal Reserve and at the 'money system' in general during economic crises.… Critics are concerned that the Fed is wielding its vast powers in the interests of the banks and not in the interests of the people. After the financial crisis, Americans have perceived that the banks have been bailed out, but a significant proportion of the population is still in serious economic trouble." 

February 21, 2015
The Kansas City Star: Questions surround economists who assess Missouri legislation
Gerald Epstein comments in a story about how Missouri state lawmakers often rely on economists at the University of Missouri’s Economic & Policy Analysis Research Center to determine the costs of proposed legislation, even though many economists receive funding from conservative donors. “Building one of these models is not an objective process,” Epstein said. “If you build the model differently, it’ll produce a different set of results.”

January 20, 2015
The Springfield Republican: Fast food industry can pay $15-an-hour minimum wage without loss of profit: UMass study
A news article about PERI's latest working paper, authored by Robert Pollin and Jeannette Wicks-Lim. "Transitioning to a $15-an-hour minimum wage over four years would hike the cost of a Big Mac by 15 cents a year but it wouldn't cost jobs, according to a University of Massachusetts at Amherst study released Wednesday."

January 12, 2015
The Washington Post: Forget the McDonnells. We're ignoring bigger, more pernicious corruption right under our noses.
In this commentary by Janine R. Wedel, Professor at George Mason University, a working paper by PERI Co-Director Gerald Epstein and Jessica Carrick-Hagenbarth about undisclosed conflicts of interest among economists proposing financial reform options is cited as an example of a violation of the public's trust.

December 21, 2014
Los Angeles Times: Amid Climate Change, What's More Important: Protecting Money or People?
James K. Boyce writes in an opinion piece, "Because adaptation won't come cheap, we must decide which investments are worth the cost... What should be our priority: reduce losses for the farmworker or the baron?... In human terms, the baron's loss pales compared with that of the farmworker. But in dollar terms, it's 2,000 times larger."

November 26, 2014
Dollars and Sense: Why We All Need Affirmative Action
In this opinion piece, PERI Assistant Research Professor Jeannette Wicks-Lim writes that recent shootings of young black men sound the alarm for public policies that directly counter racist stereotypes.

November 20, 2014
Global Finance Magazine: Are Banks Unsafe at Any Size?
The globe's financial systems are still vulnerable to contagion. Critics (including PERI Co-Director Gerald Epstein and Professor Emerita Jane D'Arista, authors of the paper "Dodd-Frank and the Regulation of Dangerous Financial Interconnectedness") say regulators are unlikely to fix the problem unless they shift gears. 

November 17, 2014
Brown Daily Herald: Watson project explores war's toll on economy and health
New paper suggests military spending less effective at job creation than other investments. "In the paper, Heidi Garrett-Peltier, assistant research professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Political Economy Research Institute, argues that military spending creates significantly fewer jobs than other kinds of government spending."

November 12, 2014
openDemocracy: "G20: can women's human rights and economic growth co-exist?"
Will the G20 adopt an approach that meets human rights standards for economic growth at the Brisbane Summit? PERI Associate Director James Heintz's paper, "Missing Women: The G20, Gender Equality and Global Economic Governance," is cited in this commentary in favor of greater representation of women at the governance level.


Press coverage of "Green Growth: A U.S. Program for Controlling Climate Change"

Boston Review: "Build the Green Economy," by Robert Pollin
1.2% of GDP. That's all it would take to green the economy.

Challenge: "A U.S. Program for Controlling Climate Change and Expanding Job Opportunities. A Review of a Proposal by Robert Pollin, Heidi Garrett-Peltier, James Heintz, and Bracken Hendricks," by Jeremy Brecher
"Few have come up with a proposal to reduce greenhouse emissions adequately without a reduction in economic growth, which would mean lost jobs. A proposal by Robert Pollin and colleagues, published by the Center for American Progress, is among the more ambitious. Historian and climate author Jeremy Brecher analyzes their proposal and finds much to recommend it."

Common Dreams: "'There Is No Alternative': Fossil Fuel Deposits Must Stay in the Ground," by Joe Queally
"'The profits of oil, coal, and natural gas companies will have to yield to the imperative of sustaining life on earth,' says economist Robert Pollin." 

CleanTechnica: "The Clean Energy Economy: 2.7 Million Green Jobs, 40% Fewer Emissions," by Silvio Marcacci
"Welcome to the brave new world that is 'truly within reach.'" "Why fighting climate change may help the economy, not hurt it," by Michael Casey
"It has long been thought that tackling climate change means saddling nations with job losses and economic uncertainty. Now two new studies are calling that idea into question, and they suggest that reducing greenhouse gas emissions can actually result in a stronger and more vibrant economy in the United States and across the globe."

San Francisco Chronicle: "Are we at the tipping point on climate-change politics?" (Editorial)
"...another study came to the conclusion that the U.S. would specifically benefit from fighting greenhouse gases. The study, by the University of Massachusetts Political Economy Research Institute and the Center for American Progress, found that a 40 percent reduction in carbon pollution from 2005 levels would create a net increase of 2.7 million clean jobs — a whopping 1.5 percent reduction in unemployment."

ThinkProgress: "How to Make Fighting Climate Change Work for Workers," by Andrew Breiner
"'The results from our research say that we can achieve the emissions reduction target through very significant action,' Pollin said, but 'we can achieve it. As long as we’re committed, it’s not beyond reach.'”

CNN: "A carbon tax will create jobs for Americans," a commentary by Rick McGahey (New School)
"Economist Robert Pollin and his colleagues have shown that for every $1 million of investment in clean energy, the U.S. can create 16.7 jobs compared with only 5.3 jobs from fossil fuel investments. Overall, green energy investments combined with carbon taxes can create 2.7 million jobs in areas such as renewable energy, construction, manufacturing, transportation, new technologies and services -- even taking into account the transitional job loss from fossil fuel industries."

The Guardian: "US has a jobs crisis. Here's how to fix it"
Economist Mark Price of Keystone Research Center writes about our Green Growth study: "Act now and we can put people to work, save the taxpayer money and save the planet. Easy peasy."


Other recent coverage of PERI's research:

September 29, 2014
Institute for New Economic Thinking: "New Research Shows Pollution Inequality is Even Worse Than Income Inequality" 
An interview with James K. Boyce about his new working paper with co-authors Klara Zwickl and Michael Ash to compare inequalities of exposure to industrial air pollution in U.S. states and congressional districts among the poor and non-poor, as well as whites and non-whites. "They find that in America, inequality is in the very air we breathe."

September 24, 2014
Rolling Stone: "Inside the Koch Brothers' Toxic Empire" by Tim Dickinson
The work of, a project of PERI, is featured in article. "According to the University of Massachusetts Amherst's Political Economy Research Institute, only three companies rank among the top 30 polluters of America's air, water and climate: ExxonMobil, American Electric Power and Koch Industries. Thanks in part to its 2005 purchase of paper-mill giant Georgia-Pacific, Koch Industries dumps more pollutants into the nation's waterways than General Electric and International Paper combined. The company ranks 13th in the nation for toxic air pollution. Koch's climate pollution, meanwhile, outpaces oil giants including Valero, Chevron and Shell. Across its businesses, Koch generates 24 million metric tons of greenhouse gases a year."

September 9, 2014
The Press-Democrat: "Advocates unveil 'Living Wage' proposal for Sonoma County"
eannette Wicks-Lim provides an assessment of the financial impact of a $15 / hour minimum wage proposal being considered in Sonoma County, CA.

July 29, 2014
The New York Times: "The Carbon Dividend"
James Boyce writes a New York Times opinion piece on new federal climate legislation introduced by Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) based around the idea of “cap and dividend.”

March 23, 2014
The Nation: "Economic Reform is a Human Right"
James Heintz and Radika Balakrishnan write that a wide range of human rights obligations referred to as “economic and social rights”—the right to work, the right to health, the right to an adequate standard of living, the right to food, and the right to housing and shelter, among others—are routinely overlooked.

August 2, 2013
Bloomberg News
Jeannette Wicks-Lim explains the potential impact of increasing wages for fast-food workers.

August 1, 2013
The Daily Beast
The website asks "how much would a Big Mac need to cost to provide a $15 wage for McDonald's employees?" and turns to Robert Pollin and Jeannette Wicks-Lim for the answer.

July 29, 2013
Springfield Republican
Robert Pollin comments on how federal budget cuts have hit low-income people harder than others.

July 10, 2013
In These Times
Jeannette Wicks-Lim discusses the how working mothers, especially low-income mothers, can best be supported in their jobs.

July 9, 2013
Huffington Post
Two columnists point to PERI's work on the potential jobs impact of alternatives to military spending.

July 6, 2013
Huffington Post


Columnists discuss the persistence of austerity policies despite the debunking of Reinhart & Rogoff.

June 25, 2013
Charlotte Observer
In the context of the Greenhouse 100, Duke Energy’s interests in new EPA power plant carbon standards are discussed.

June 10-19, 2013
Boston Globe
Environmental Leader
Houston Culture Map
Houston Business Journal
Houston Tomorrow
Kansas City Star
The Greenhouse 100 is described, and the top emitters discussed.

June 11, 2013
Springfield Republican
Coverage of a Boston statehouse hearing on a Massachusetts minimum wage increase includes quotes from Jeannette Wicks-Lim on the impact of the increase.

April 2013
For a list of coverage of "Does High Public Debt Consistently Stifle Economic Growth? A Critique of Reinhart and Rogoff," please follow this link.

March 19, 2013
The Economist
In an article about failing infrastructure in the U.S., PERI's work on the job creation potential of infrastructure investments is referenced.

March 12, 2013
Hartford Courant
Jeannette Wicks-Lim contributes an editorial in support of raising the minimum wage in Connecticut.

February 26, 2013
Springfield Republican
Robert Pollin discusses the impact that cuts to military spending would have on the Massachusetts economy.

February 24, 2013
Robert Pollin describes at length the impact that impending budget cuts could have on the broader economy.

February 14, 2013
22News / WWLP
Robert Pollin and Jeannette Wicks-Lim are interviewed in a story on the potential impacts of an increase in the federal minimum wage.

February 12, 2013
Robert Pollin explains why state governments should not repeal their mandated renewable energy targets.

February 8, 2013
Bill Moyers
Robert Pollin contributes to a group of writers, activists and academics asked to write a theoretical State of the Union address.

February 4, 2013
Bloomberg BNA
The Toxic 100 rankings are discussed in this article on a declining trend in industrial releases of toxic chemicals.

February 2, 2013
Huffington Post
PERI’s work on the employment impacts of military spending is discussed in this editorial on the impacts of the potential “sequester” cuts.

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