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Universal Basic Income and Minimum Wages: Progressive or Regressive?

Universal Basic Income and Minimum Wages: Progressive or Regressive?

April 30, 2018

Finland recently decided to end its Universal Basic Income (UBI) experiment, but the debate about whether UBI is progressive or regressive rages on. We speak to Economist Katherine A. Moos of the Political Economic Research Institute, UMass.

IMF Says 2018 Economic Outlook is Rosy, But Austerity is Still Good

April 19, 2018

The IMF just released a positive World Economic Outlook report for 2018. Still, in order to make sure that the outlook remains good, the IMF makes recommendation that would lead to recession, says CEPR’s Mark Weisbrot

Col. Larry Wilkerson: Pentagon Plans for Climate Change Despite White House

April 10, 2018

A recent report from the World Bank says that climate change could displace as many as 143 million people by 2050, generating geopolitical instability and posing new threats to national security. Can the Pentagon properly manage the threats with a climate denialist in the White House? We speak to Col. Larry Wilkerson

Capital Flight From Africa: How the Poor Finance the Rich

March 1, 2018

A new World Bank report comparing economic growth among different regions in the world ignores key factors in addressing wealth and inequality in Africa–particularly the wealth that is stashed offshore in developed countries, says economist and author Leonce Ndikumana

Corporate Looting: Sub-Saharan Africa Loses $100B A Year

February 12, 2018

A recently released World Bank report shows that the wealth of sub-Saharan Africa has been steadily declining over the past several decades, as transnational corporations extract mineral wealth without adequately compensating the region, says economist Patrick Bond

IMF’s Concern with Equality Not Reflected in Its Policy Recommendations

October 23, 2017

Recently the IMF’s analyses have shown greater concern about the dramatic rise in inequality, but its policy recommendations make the problem worse, explains economist Mark Weisbrot of CEPR

Palestine

September 15, 2017
A scathing report from United Nations Conference on Trade and Development describes how 50 years of Israeli occupation has prevented economic development in Palestine, and highlights the destructive impact of Israel’s illegal settlements in the West Bank

China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank Opens Without the US

January 15, 2016

Mark Weisbrot of CEPR says the institutions of global governance, especially the ones that have actual power, have historically been controlled by the United States – this bank marks a departure from that trend

Will South America Bring Life to the Bank of the South?

December 11, 2014
The countries of South America need their alternative to the World Bank to step forward; if not, they will be back in crisis, explains historian and sovereign debt expert Eric Toussaint

Deconstructing Fed Vice Chair’s Grim Economic Forecast

August 13, 2014

PERI co-director Gerald Epstein discusses how Fed vice chair Stanley Fischer has ignored real solutions to improve the economy, like increasing wages