James Heintz

Portrait of James Heintz
Andrew Glyn Professor of Economics
307 Gordon Hall



Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst
M.S., University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
B.S., Cornell Univesity

Research Interests: 

James Heintz has written on a wide range of economic policy issues, including job creation, global labor standards, the distributive consequences of macroeconomic policies, and the intersection between economics and human rights. He has worked on collaborative projects with numerous national and international institutions, including the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the International Labor Organization, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, the United Nations Development Program, the Human Development Report Office, the South African Human Rights Commission, the International Development Research Center (Canada), and UN-Women. His policy work has included work in developing countries, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa, including Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, the Gambia, Madagascar, and South Africa. His current work focuses on employment policy and poverty outcomes; economic policy choices and human rights; financialization; and informal and atypical employment.


Econ 204. Intermediate Macroeconomics
Econ 705. Macroeconomic Theory

Selected Publications: 

with Sakiko Fukuda-Parr and Stephanie Seguino. (2013) "Critical Perspectives on Financial and Economic Crises: Heterodox Macroeconomics Meets Feminist Economics" Feminist Economics 19(3): 4-31.

"World Development Report 2013: Meeting the global employment challenge?" (2013) Development and Change, 44(3): 797-811.

with Radhika Balakrishnan. (2012). "Debt, Power, and Crisis: Social Stratification and the Inequitable Governance of Financial Markets." American Quarterly 64(3): 387-409.

with Jayati Ghosh and Robert Pollin. (2012). "Speculation on commodity futures markets and destabilization of global food prices: exploring the connections." International Journal of Health Services 42(3): 465-83.

with Stephanie Seguino. (2012). "Contractionary monetary policy and the dynamics of US race and gender stratification." American Journal of Economics and Sociology. 71(3): 603-38.

with Lynda Pickbourn (2012). "The Determinants of Selection into Non-agricultural Self-employment in Ghana". Margin: Journal of Applied Economic Research. 6(2): 181-209.

 with Léonce Ndikumana (2011). "Is there a case for inflation targeting in sub-Saharan Africa?" Journal of African Economies 20: 67-103 (supplement 2).

"The Structure of Employment, Globalization, and Economic Crises: Rethinking Contemporary Employment Dynamics with a Focus on the U.S. and Japan" (2011) Political Economy Quarterly (in Japanese) 48(1):45-59.

with Radhika Balakrishnan and Diane Elson (2011). "Financial regulation, capabilities and human rights in the US financial crisis: the case of housing" Journal of Human Development and Capabilities. 12(1): 153-68.

"The impact of public capital on the U.S. private economy: new evidence and analysis" (2010) International Review of Applied Economics. 24(5): 619-32.