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Electric Power Companies Top the List of Greenhouse Gas Emitters

March 2, 2018

The top three companies on the newest edition of PERI’s Greenhouse 100 Index are all electric power generators, and they’re responsible for a full five percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, says researcher Michael Ash

Neoliberalism and the Rise of the Net Social Wage

February 9, 2018

A new paper from PERI finds that there is a sizable deviation in net social wage data in the 21st century. The study’s author, Katherine A. Moos, examines possible causes-such as healthcare inflation and unemployment-and aims to explain why neoliberal governments would tolerate a growing discrepancy between labor benefits and taxation

Unregulated Financial Markets Created a Stock Bubble

February 9, 2018

The current average price-to-earnings ratio of stocks is still far above the historic average, so we should not be surprised that there is a stock bubble and that it burst, explains PERI economist Robert Pollin

Report: Investing in Clean Energy Would Boost NY’s Economy

November 19, 2017

A 40% reduction in New York’s carbon emissions by 2030 is “extremely ambitious, but it is achievable,” says PERI Co-Director Robert Pollin

US Federal Reserve

September 26, 2016
The long-term decline of the U.S. economy won’t be reversed until there’s movement towards greater public investment, protections for workers, and a higher minimum wage, says PERI co-director Gerald Epstein

Study: Increased Pollution Does Not Bring More Jobs

September 6, 2016

Communities of color are also bearing burden from toxic facilities in large part without receiving the employment benefits, says Michael Ash of the Political Economy Research Institute at UMass Amherst

Why Bankers and Financiers Benefit from Low Inflation Policy

July 5, 2016

PERI’s Gerald Epstein explains why financial institutions like the IMF promote fiscal policy that reduces investment, economic growth, and employment

Is the U.S. Headed toward Another Recession? – TRNN Webathon Panel

June 4, 2014

Economists Dean Baker from CEPR and Robert Pollin from PERI say that the U.S. economy remains weak 5 years after the recession despite recent job growth, due to low wages and weakened unions

CBO Report Confirms U.S. Deficit Back to Normal Level

April 18, 2014

Robert Pollin: Deficit hawks were wrong about America’s normal level, Congress should pass a financial transaction tax and not more cuts to social spending

Tapering of Quantitative Easing Is Throwing Emerging Markets into Chaos – And Big Banks Are Getting Richer

February 4, 2014

Despite no real economic recovery, the Fed is winding down quantitative easing, throwing developing countries’ economies into chaos