August 29, 2012
Pollin Explores Full Employment in New Book and News Series
Professor Bob Pollin (economics) is the founding co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) on campus. His research centers on macroeconomics, conditions for low-wage workers in the US and globally, the analysis of financial markets, and the economics of building a clean-energy economy in the US. Recently he participated in a multi-part interview series, aired on the Real News Network, discussing his new book, Back to Full Employment, whether full employment is possible, and how to get there.
Part I: The Full Employment Debate
Bob Pollin, author of Back to Full Employment, begins a series examining whether full employment is possible and how to get there.
August 15, 2012
Part II: Is Full Employment Possible in Capitalism?
There have been periods of unemployment less than 4%; those conditions could be created if there was intent to do so.
August 16, 2012
Part III: Full Employment and the Swedish Model
In the quest for a short term solution to the crisis, there is a lot to learn from Swedish social-democracy.
August 17, 2012
Part IV: Is Full Employment Possible in the Era of Globalization?
The global "army of the unemployed" weakened American labor, but tariffs are not a solution—a mass mobilization is needed.
August 19, 2012
Part V: Did Obama Stimulus Work?
The stimulus plan saved many jobs and helped prevent a deeper crash, but was far short of spurring a recovery.
August 22, 2012
Part VI: A Green Full Employment Economy Requires Mass Mobilization
The first step towards full employment is to create a green engine of jobs growth.
August 23, 2012