Gerald Epstein

Trump's Trade Policy Towards China: A Distraction to Benefit of the Rich

Trump’s Trade Policy Towards China: A Distraction to Benefit the Rich

December 7, 2018

As stock markets around the world are reeling from contradictory Trump administration signals regarding US policy towards China, we look at: Who benefits? And: What would a better trade policy towards China look like? CEPR’s Mark Weisbrot and PERI’s Gerald Epstein discuss the issue

US Unemployment Rate Hits 50-Year Low: What Does the Number Reveal and Conceal?

US Unemployment Rate Hits 50-Year Low: What Does the Number Reveal and Conceal?

October 15, 2018

September’s unemployment rate dropped to a 50-year low, but what is behind this statistic, how does it affect ordinary citizens, and can Trump take credit for the drop? We discuss these questions with PERI’s Gerald Epstein

Is a New Global Financial Crisis Imminent?

Is a New Global Financial Crisis Imminent?

September 23, 2018

Economists Mark Weisbrot and Gerald Epstein face off to discuss whether 10 years after the Lehman Brothers collapse and the Great Recession of 2008 we are about to see another major financial crisis  

The Economy Under Trump: Business Optimism Combined with Inequality

The Economy Under Trump: Business Optimism Combined with Inequality

September 12, 2018

Trump’s Chair of Economic Advisors presented a glowing analysis of how business optimism and investment boomed with Trump’s election. But what do these figures mask and how accurate are they? We take a closer look at the data with PERI’s Gerald Epstein

Rapid GDP Growth: Does Trump Deserve the Credit?

August 27, 2018

Trump and his supporters argue that the 2017 corporate tax rate cuts are spurring economic growth. Is there any truth to this? We discuss the real effects of the tax cuts with economics professor Gerald Epstein of PERI at UMass Amherst

Is There Another Financial Crisis in the Works?

July 26, 2018

In this regulatory environment banks borrow more and make riskier loans and “no one is watching them,” says professor Gerald Epstein

Does Iron Fist Imperialism Benefit US Workers?

May 21, 2018

We speak to economist Gerald Epstein, who did the cost-benefit analysis of the US invasion of Iraq. He found that the US military adventure cost US workers approximately two trillion dollars

No Evidence that Trump’s Tax Plan Would Boost Economy or Create Jobs

October 24, 2017

There is no evidence to support Republican arguments that cutting corporate and small-business taxes will boost the economy or create jobs, says Gerald Epstein of UMass Amherst. “In the end, the only ones that, of course, are going to gain are the corporations”

Economy

July 15, 2017
During her testimony to Congress, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen dodged a question about whether she would accept a second term in office–but it’s unlikely that President Trump will re-appoint her, says Gerald Epstein, co-director of Political Economy Research Institute

The Epstein Report

May 15, 2017
Trump administration support for reinstating Glass-Steagall Act is an effort to appeal to Trump’s base, but won’t go anywhere. It would be beneficial, though, if it doesn’t mean also deregulating the finance sector says Gerald Epstein of PERI