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PERI and The Real News Network present regular interviews and debates which bring current economic issues into focus. These interviews shed light on the full range of potential solutions to the current economic crisis, the economics of climate change, and PERI's long-term mission of bringing economic tools to bear to improve the daily lives of workers and families around the world.

 

July 2014: Gerald Epstein: Slow roll-out of Dodd-Frank gave banks leverage 

 

July 2014: Jeannette Wicks-Lim: Retailers benefit by raising their wage floors


 

June 2014: Robert Pollin: How austerity policies keep the economy weak


 

June 2014: Municipal bonds: How the Fed could bail out the basic economy


 

June 2014: Robert Pollin and Dean Baker on the economy's weak recovery


 

May 2014: Does a higher minimum wage cost jobs? Robert Pollin debates


 

April 2014: Robert Pollin on the Federal Deficit Back at Historic Average


 

April 2014: Gerald Epstein on Regulators' Small Step in the Right Direction


 

April 2014: Robert Pollin on Janet Yellen's Encouraging Start at the Fed


 

March 2014: Gerald Epstein on Large Banks' "Too Big to Fail" Advantage


 

March 2014: Robert Pollin on the Congressional Progressive Caucus Budget


 

March 2014: Leonce Ndikumana on the Peace Process in the DRC


 

March 2014: Gerald Epstein on Budget Cuts to a Crucial Regulatory Agency

 

February 2014: Robert Pollin on the Real Impact of $10.10 Minimum Wage 


 

February 2014: Robert Pollin on Marketplace about Minimum Wage CBO Report

Marketplace interviewed Robert Pollin about the Congressional Budget Office's report on the effects of raising the minimum wage to $10.10. "Let's take the worst-case scenario as portrayed by the CBO report. We're talking about 500,00 people who would lose their jobs... versus 26 million people who would get wage increases, and improve their living standards. To me, it looks like a net positive."

 

 

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February 2014: Gerald Epstein on Yellen's Tapering of Quantitative Easing 

 

February 2014: Jane D'Arista on the Fed's Effect on Emerging Markets  

 

January 2014: Leonce Ndikumana on Inequality Slowing Growth in S. Africa 

 

January 2014: Jeannette Wicks-Lim on $10.10 Minimum Wage Bill 

 

December 2013: Jeannette Wicks-Lim on a Living Wage Proposal in Milwaukee

 

December 2013: Gerald Epstein on the Likely No. 2 at the Fed

 

December 2013: Gerald Epstein on Record High Stock Prices

 

November 2013: James Boyce on Climate Justice at COP 19

 

November 2013: Robert Pollin on Striking Truckers in LA

 

November 2013: Robert Pollin on Federal Reserve Policy

 

November 2013: Jeannette Wicks-Lim on Supplemental Poverty Measures

 

November 2013: Leonce Ndikumana on Nigeria's Rapid Growth


 

October 2013: James K. Boyce on measuring the real cost of climate change

 

October 2013: Robert Pollin on how wealthy Germans are benefiting from austerity policies

 

October 2013: Gerald Epstein on the debt-ceiling debacle in Congress

 

October 2013: Robert Pollin on why the Republicans fabricated a debt crisis

 

September 2013: Robert Pollin on the selection of the Federal Reserve Chair

 

September 2013: Gerald Epstein on the next Chair of the Federal Reserve

 

September 2013: Jeannette Wicks-Lim on the Wal-Mart strikes and raising the minimum wage

 

August 2013: Leonce Ndikumana on the impact of foreign aid on African growth

 

August 2013: Robert Pollin on raising the minimum wage

 

August 2013: Leonce Ndikumana on the rise of Chinese influence in Africa

 

July 2013: James Heintz on the crisis in global youth employment

 

July 2013: James Boyce on why GDP is not a useful economic indicator

 

July 2013: Robert Pollin on the economic impact of immigrants

 

July 2013: Gerald Epstein on a GAO report on corporate taxes

 

July 2013: Jeannette Wicks-Lim on the quality and quantity of new jobs

 

June 2013: Robert Pollin on President Obama's picks for CFTC commissioners

 

June 2013: Michael Ash on the top emitters of greenhouse gases in the U.S.

 

June 2013: Robert Pollin on the many benefits of investing in education

 

May 2013: Jeannette Wicks-Lim on the real number of Americans in poverty

 

May 2013: Robert Pollin responds to Reinhart and Rogoff's defense

 

April 2013: Robert Pollin debates Joseph Minarik on the impact of debt on growth

 

April 2013: Robert Pollin on the impact of the Reinhart and Rogoff critique

 

April 2013: Gerald Epstein on commodity traders' $250 billion profit

 

April 2013: Thomas Herndon and Michael Ash on the relationship between public debt and economic growth

 

April 2013: Teresa Ghilarducci on the reality of seniors' budgets and social security

 

April 2013: Robert Pollin on Obama's austerity budget and the unemployment rate

 

April 2013: Gerald Epstein on how the recession has been good for corporate profits

 

April 2013: James Boyce on how corn subsidies damage global biodiversity

 

April 2013: Jeannette Wicks-Lim on the Senate hearings on raising the federal minimum wage

 

April 2013: Stephanie Seguino on inequality as the root of the crisis

 

April 2013: Kevin Gallagher on "everyone but China" trade agreements

 

March 2013: Gerald Epstein on "financial follies" in Cyprus and elsewhere

 

March 2013: Robert Pollin on who really benefits from austerity policies

 

March 2013: James Boyce on how environmental issues are inherently social and political

 

February 2013: James Heintz on budget cuts and quantitative easing

 

February 2013: Ilene Grabel on double standards for currency manipulations

 

February 2013: Robert Pollin on how raising the minimum wage will affect employment

 

February 2013: Sasha Breger Bush on commodities markets, farmers and food

 

February 2013: Robert Pollin on Obama's support for clean and dirty energy

 

February 2013: Stephanie Luce on the historically low unionization rates

 

February 2013: Gerald Epstein on the State of the Union address

 

February 2013: Gerald Epstein on how Obama's new appointments can influence policy

 

February 2013: Robert Pollin on the relationship between levels of union membership and inequality

 

February 2013: Gerald Epstein on the Bloomberg perspective on financial regulation

 

January 2013: Robert Pollin on how Obama can really help the poor and middle class

 

January 2013: Michael Ash on the impact of the German banking system on Europe

 

January 2013: Gerald Epstein on whether there is still hope for Dodd-Frank to be effective

 

January 2013: James Heintz on the Bank of America mortgage fraud settlement

 

January 2013: Gerald Epstein on how the deal to avoid the fiscal cliff benefits the wealthy

 

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Jeannette Wicks-Lim, December 2013
A Living Wage Proposal in Milwaukee

Gerald Epstein, December 2013
A Look at Who's Poised to Become No. 2 at the Fed

Gerald Epstein, December 2013
Record High Stock Prices and the Working Class

James Boyce, November 2013
Climate Justice at COP 19, in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan

Robert Pollin, November 2013
Striking Truckers in L.A. and the Fight for Living Wages

Robert Pollin, November 2013
The Federal Reserve continues Quantitative Easing

Jeanette Wicks-Lim, November 2013
New measures reveal 3 million more in poverty

Leonce Ndikumana, November 2013
Nigeria's Revised GDP Figures

James K. Boyce, October 2013
Measuring the real cost of climate change

Robert Pollin, October 2013
How wealthy Germans are benefiting from austerity policies

Gerald Epstein, October 2013
T
he debt-ceiling debacle in Congress

Robert Pollin, October 2013
Why the Republicans fabricated a debt crisis

Robert Pollin, September 2013
The next Federal Reserve Chair and financial regulatory reform

Gerald Epstein, September 2013
The next Chair of the Federal Reserve

Jeannette Wicks-Lim, September 2013
The Wal-Mart strikes and raising the minimum wage

Leonce Ndikumana, August 2013
How much of Africa's growth is due to foreign aid?

Robert Pollin, August 2013
Raising the federal minimum wage

Leonce Ndikumana, August 2013
The rise of Chinese influence in Africa

James Heintz, July 2013
The crisis in global youth employment

James Boyce, July 2013
Why GDP is not a useful economic indicator

Robert Pollin, July 2013
The economic impact of immigrants

Gerald Epstein, July 2013
The GAO reports on corporate taxes

Jeannette Wicks-Lim, July 2013
Fewer adults are working than ever in the past decade

Robert Pollin, June 2013
President Obama's picks for CFTC commissioners

Michael Ash, June 2013
The top emitters of greenhouse gases in the U.S.

Robert Pollin, June 2013
T
he many benefits of investing in education

Jeannette Wicks-Lim, May 2013
The real number of Americans in poverty

Robert Pollin, May 2013
A response to Reinhart and Rogoff's defense

Robert Pollin and Joseph Minarik, April 2013
A debate on the impact of debt on growth

Robert Pollin, April 2013
The impact of the Reinhart and Rogoff critique

Gerald Epstein, April 2013
Commodity traders' $250 billion profit

Thomas Herndon and Michael Ash, April 2013
The relationship between public debt and economic growth

Teresa Ghilarducci, April 2013
The reality of seniors' budgets and social security

Robert Pollin, April 2013
Obama's austerity budget and the unemployment rate

Gerald Epstein, April 2013
How the recession has been good for corporate profits

James Boyce, April 2013
How corn subsidies damage global biodiversity

Jeannette Wicks-Lim, April 2013
Senate hearings on raising the minimum wage

Stephanie Seguino, April 2013
How inequality is at the root of the crisis


Kevin Gallagher, April 2013
The effects of "everyone but China" trade agreements

Gerald Epstein, March 2013
"Financial follies" in Cyprus and elsewhere

Robert Pollin, March 2013
Who really benefits from austerity policies?

James Boyce, March 2013
How environmental issues are inherently social and political

James Heintz, February 2013
Budget cuts and a potential end to quantitative easing

Ilene Grabel, February 2013
A double standard on currency manipulation

Robert Pollin, February 2013
How raising the minimum wage will affect employment

Sasha Breger Bush, February 2013
Commodities markets, farmers and food

Robert Pollin, February 2013
Obama's support for clean and dirty energy

Stephanie Luce, February 2013
Why are unionization rates historically low?

Gerald Epstein, February 2013
Rhetoric and realism in the State of the Union address

Gerald Epstein, February 2013
How Obama's new appointments can influence policy

Robert Pollin, February 2013
The relationship between union membership and inequality

Gerald Epstein, February 2013
The Bloomberg perspective on financial regulation

Robert Pollin, January 2013
How Obama can really help the poor and middle class

Gerald Epstein, January 2013
Is there still hope for Dodd-Frank to be effective?

James Heintz, January 2013
The Bank of America mortgage fraud settlement


Gerald Epstein, January 2013
How the deal to avoid the fiscal cliff benefits the wealthy

Robert Pollin, January 2013
The economic outlook for 2013

Robert Pollin, December 2012
The potential impact of the Fed's unemployment targets

Robert Pollin, December 2012
How job losses are increasing states' health care costs

Gerald Epstein, December 2012
How state tax "incentives" for businesses are really mass subsidies

James Boyce, December 2012
The other pollutants released in the processing of fossil fuels

Jeannette Wicks-Lim, December 2012
The lack of jobs requiring college degrees

Léonce Ndikumana, November 2012
N
ew estimates of capital flight from Africa

Özlem Onaran, November 2012
A wage-led path to recovery

Engelbert Stockhammer, November 2012
The stagnating effects of austerity in Europe

Robert Pollin, October 2012
The "Robin Hood Tax" introduced in Congress

Michael Greenberger, October 2012
How the financial sector is blocking regulation

Gerald Epstein, October 2012
What wasn't said in the second presidential debate

Marcus Stanley, October 2012
The real world effects of the derivatives market

Jennifer Taub, September 2012
T
he unregulated shadow banking system

Jane D'Arista, September 2012
H
ow the Federal Reserve has managed the financial crisis

Robert Pollin, September 2012
Obama and the export-led recovery

Gerald Epstein, September 2012
Does Obama really just needs more time?

Léonce Ndikumana, August 2012
Tunisia's rejection of its odious debt

Robert Pollin, August 2012
Building a Full Employment Economy

Gerald Friedman, July 2012
T
he benefits of a single-payer plan in Maryland

Léonce Ndikumana, July 2012
The war against offshore finance

Michael Greenberger, July 2012
Prosecuting the big banks

Gar Alperovitz. July 2012
P
ublic ownership in the financial sector

Carlo Panico, June 2012
Social spending and the European crisis

Jeannette Wicks-Lim, June 2012
H
ow the EITC and the minimum wage can best work together

Robert Pollin, June 2012
The need for a real job-creation engine

Gerald Epstein, May 2012
The J.P. Morgan debacle and the need for real reform of the banking system

Nancy Folbre, May 2012
Anne Romney and the social value of raising children

Rose Ann DeMoro and Robert Pollin, May 2012
T
he politics of a financial transaction tax

Gerald Epstein, April 2012
The gutting of the Dodd-Frank Reforms

Robert Pollin, April 2012
The spiking price of gas and market speculation

Aleksandr Buzgalin, March 2012
The Russian economy as a caricature of western democracy

Francisco Louçã, March 2012
T
he crisis and the social contract in Portugal and Spain

Gerald Epstein, March 2012
How bankers are controlling the political process

Jeffrey Thompson, March 2012
Why taxing the wealthy is sound policy

James Crotty, March 2012
The ongoing emphasis on austerity

Jayati Ghosh, February 2012
A
lternatives to neo-liberalism in Ecuador's economy

Robert Pollin, January 2012
T
he State of the Union address and a real plan for job creation

Gerald Epstein, January 2012
Current bank regulations and the chances of further reform

James Boyce, January 2012
The future of climate policy with Joe Romm

Robert Pollin, December 2011
The job impacts of military versus non-military investments

Robert Pollin, December 2011
Bank reserves and job creation

Robert Pollin, November 2011
The myth of austerity and job creation

Frank Bardacke, November 2011
T
he undocumented farm workers who harvest our Thanksgiving meals

Gerald Epstein, November 2011
T
he threat to the welfare state in Germany

Robert Pollin, October 2011
R
egulatory reform and the Occupy movement

James K. Boyce and Léonce Ndikumana, October 2011
The human cost of Africa debt and capital flight

Gerald Epstein, October 2011
Nixon's 1971 closing of the gold window and the rise of finance

James Boyce, September 2011
T
he climate justice imperative and current politics

Heidi Garrett-Peltier, September 2011
H
ow bike and pedestrian infrastructure creates jobs

Robert Pollin, September 2011
Obama's plan to create jobs

Gerald Epstein, August 2011
The future of capitalism and the global economic crisis

Jeff Thompson, August 2011
Why the gap between the rich and the non-rich matters

Gerald Epstein, August 2011
The Standard & Poors downgrade and the sub-prime mortgage crisis

Robert Pollin, August 2011
Requirements for banks to invest in productive activities

Robert Pollin, July / August 2011
The debt ceiling, interest payments, and the long-term debt (5 segments)

Jayati Ghosh, July 2011
How speculation has driven up wheat prices

Robert Pollin, July 2011
How Wall Street speculation is driving up gas prices

Jeannette Wicks-Lim, June 2011
T
he fight for living wages in New York City

Robert Pollin, June 2011
Non-austerity approaches to state budget crises


Robert Pollin, June 2011
H
ealth care costs and the long-term deficit


James Heintz, May 2011
Jobs in a U.S. clean chemical industry

Gerald Epstein, May 2011
S&P's threat to downgrade the debt rating

James Crotty, May 2011
The threat of a return to 1920s capitalism

Léonce Ndikumana and Robert Pollin, May 2011
Alternatives to IMF policies in Africa

Robert Pollin, April 2011
The Progressive Caucus "People's" budget

Robert Pollin, April 2011
Obama's speech on the debt

Jeffrey Thompson, April 2011
The impact of taxes on migration

Jeannette Wicks-Lim, March 2011
Privatization in New Haven

Robert Pollin, March 2011
Full employment as a policy goal

Robert Pollin & Fred Smith, March 2011
The impact of investments in clean energy 

Robert Pollin, March 2011
How commodity speculation has driven up fuel prices

James Heintz, March 2011
The economic impact of EPA clean air regulations

Robert Pollin & Jeffrey Thompson, February 2011
P
ublic worker pay and the effects of cuts in public payrolls

Robert Pollin and Jayati Ghosh, February 2011
The high cost of food price volatility

Arin Dube, February 2011
T
he effects of the public health insurance option in San Francisco

Robert Pollin & Bill Fletcher, January 2011 
The Sputnik moment and the State of the Union address

Gerald Epstein, January 2011
Conflicts of interest among economists

Gerald Epstein, January 2011
T
he fate of financial reform

Jeannette Wicks-Lim, December 2010
Policies that could create decent living standards

Jane D'Arista, December 2010
The fundamentals of the Federal Reserve

Nancy Folbre, December 2010
The unemployment rates of men and women

Robert Pollin & Leo Panitch, December 2010
Austerity, stimulus, and financial regulation

James Crotty, November 2010
Business using crises to roll back wages

Robert Pollin, November 2010
Trade and currency laws

Robert Pollin, November 2010
Who benefits from deflation?

Jane D'Arista, November 2010
The idea of a return to the gold standard

James Crotty, November 2010
The future under an austerity regime

Robert Pollin, November 2010
The Fed's $600 billion stimulus plan

James K. Boyce, October 2010
The future of climate change policy

Gerald Epstein, October 2010
T
he distraction of currency wars in China

James K. Boyce, October 2010 
National security and personal responsibility

Jeffrey Thompson, October 2010
The wage gap between the public and private sectors

James Heintz, October 2010
T
he effects of bubble economies on employment

Arindrajit Dube, October 2010
The effect of minimum wages on jobs

Robert Pollin, September 2010
Why austerity is not the answer to the U.S. recession

Jeff Thompson, August 2010
Economic development in the states

Jane D'Arista, August 2010
The effects of the financial reform law

D'Arista, July 2010
The G-20 and global austerity measures

Gerald Epstein, July 2010
The fallout from the financial reform law

Robert Pollin, June 2010
Austerity measures and a better road to growth

Michael Ash, June 2010
Corporate responsibility, the EPA, and toxic air pollutants

Robert Pollin, June 2010
Derivative trading and the price of oil and food

James Boyce, June 2010
The Gulf spill and the real price of fossil fuels

Gerald Epstein, May 2010
Supporting the imperfect finance bill

Ilene Grabel, May 2010
Real and rhetorical changes at the IMF

Gerald Epstein, April 2010
T
he Senate Banking Committee and 'too big to fail'

Jayati Ghosh, April 2010
The Financial Crisis and the future of the Eurozone

Jane D'Arista, April 2010
The U.S. dollar as the world's reserve currency

William Black, March 2010
The Bank Fraud behind the Crisis

Gerard Dumenil, March 2010
The Causes of the Crisis in Greece

Robert Pollin, March 2010
Raising Wages and Inflation

Robert Pollin, February 2010
Creating 18 Million Jobs by 2012

Robert Pollin, February 2010
Alternative Approaches to Reducing the Deficit

James K. Boyce, February 2010
The Proceeds from a Carbon Tax

Gerald Epstein, January 2010
The Obama Administration and Wall Street

James Crotty, January 2010
Executive Compensation and Bonuses

Robert Pollin, January 2010
A Financial System that Promotes Productive Activity

James Heintz, January 2010
The Fiscal State of the States

Robert Pollin, December 2009
Alternatives to Military Investment

Jane D'Arista, November 2009
Casino Capitalism

Robert Pollin, November 2009
The Economics of Climate Change Policy