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Political Economy Research Institute

The Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) addresses basic issues of human and ecological well-being through research written for the general public, policy makers, and academic audiences. PERI researchers are currently involved in three broad and interrelated areas: Globalization and Macroeconomics; Labor Markets and Living Wages; and Development, Peacebuilding and the Environment. Students and faculty from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and visiting scholars, including postdoctoral fellows, come to PERI to pursue research in the defined areas. Among the specific current research topics are increasing income and wealth inequality, problems facing low-wage workers both in the U.S. and in developing countries, underemployment and informalization, environmental deterioration, financial market instability, and the relationship between inflation and unemployment. PERI is located in Gordon Hall, 418 N. Pleasant St., Amherst, MA 01002. Co-Directors: Gerald Epstein, Professor of Economics, tel. (413) 577-0822, email:; Robert Pollin, Professor of Economics, tel. (413) 577-0819, email: