Robert Pollin

Portrait of Robert Pollin
Distinguished Professor
and Co-Director of PERI
313 Gordon Hall



Ph.D., New School for Social Research (1982)
B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison (1972)

Professional Experience: 

Professor of Economics and Co-Director, Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 1998-present
Professor of Economics, University of California-Riverside, 1982-98

Research Interests: 

Macroeconomics, finance, conditions for low-wage workers in the U.S. and globally, clean-energy economics


Applied econometrics

Honors and Awards: 

Phi Kappa Phi Distinguished Service Award (2011), University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Convocation Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity (2009), University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Distinguished Faculty Research Lecture (2008), University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Distinguished Outreach Professor (2006), University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Distinguished Teaching Award, University of California-Riverside (1983)

Professional Activities: 

  • Consultancies with:
    U.S. Department of Energy (2009-11)
    International Labour Organization (2010)
    United Nations Industrial Development Organization (2012-)
  • Member of Scientific Advisory Committee for European Commission Project on Financialization, Economy, Society, and Sustainable Development (FESSUD--2012 - )


  • Surdna Foundation
  • Stoneman Foundation

Selected Publications: 

Back To Full Employment (MIT, 2012).

A Measure Of Fairness: The Economics of Living Wages and Minimum Wages in the United States (Cornell, 2008).

An Employment-Targeted Economic Program For South Africa (Edward Elgar, 2007).
Green Recovery (Center for American Progress 2008).

"Austerity is Not a Solution: Why the Deficit Hawks are Wrong," Challenge (2010).
"U.S. Government Deficits and Debt Amid the Great Recession," Cambridge Journal of Economics (2012).

"Public Policy, Community Ownership and Clean Energy," Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society (2013).