Political Economy Research Institute - PERI

Political Economy Research Institute - PERI PERI promotes human and ecological well-being through original research. We are an independent unit of UMass, with close ties to the Dept. of Economics.

Since its founding, PERI has become a leading source of research and policy initiatives on issues of globalization, unemployment, financial market instability, central bank policy, living wages and decent work, and the economics of peace, development, and the environment.

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Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Unemployment Insurance: A Labor Movement and Social Justice Issue. After reg...
04/06/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Unemployment Insurance: A Labor Movement and Social Justice Issue. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Unemployment Insurance: A Labor Movement and Social Justice Issue. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Join Labor Center alum and nationally-recognized expert Michele Evermore, along with leading UMass economist and policy researcher Arindrajit Dube to examine how and why unemployment insurance is and should be a key issue for the labor movement. In addition to providing a foundation for understandin...

To Save America, Help West Virginia
04/05/2021
To Save America, Help West Virginia

To Save America, Help West Virginia

Wielding a pivotal Senate seat at a moment when the Biden administration is prepared to spend trillions on fixing the climate, West Virginia is now in a position to make huge demands of the Democratic Party. We can’t let a blend of woke neoliberalism and elite condescension get in the way.

WEBINAR TOMORROW at 7:30am EDT-- Join PERI's Jayati Ghosh along with panelists Martha Chen, Diane Elson and Pasuk Phongp...
04/05/2021

WEBINAR TOMORROW at 7:30am EDT-- Join PERI's Jayati Ghosh along with panelists Martha Chen, Diane Elson and Pasuk
Phongpaichit, as they discuss the new book, "Informal Women Workers in the Global South." Presenters include Dzodzi Tsikata, Hameda Deedat, Mouna Cherkaoui, CP Chandrasekhar, and Jessica Vechbanyongratana. No registration necessary. Just click on webinar link at start time: https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/j/99018472452
7:30am EDT, 11:30am GMT, 5:00pm IST, 6:30pm Thailand

APRIL 6 at 4pm EST: Online Webinar: Join PERI economists Li Zhongjin and David Kotz for a UMass Amherst Political Econom...
04/01/2021
Is China Imperialist? Economy, State, and Insertion in the Global System

APRIL 6 at 4pm EST: Online Webinar: Join PERI economists Li Zhongjin and David Kotz for a UMass Amherst Political Economy Workshop: "Is China Imperialist? Economy, State, and Insertion in the Global System."

Li Zhongjin (UMKC) and David Kotz (UMass) address the question whether China is imperialist a the UMass Political Economy Workshop.

LIVE WEBINAR-April 6 at 7:30am (EDT): PERI's Jayati Ghosh moderates a panel discussion on the book "Informal Women Worke...
03/31/2021

LIVE WEBINAR-April 6 at 7:30am (EDT): PERI's Jayati Ghosh moderates a panel discussion on the book "Informal Women Workers in the Global South." Eminent feminist economist speakers include Martha Chen/Harvard Univ.; Diane Elson/Univ. of Essex; Pasuk Phongpaichit/Chulalongkorn University.
Webinar Zoom Link: https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/j/99018472452

TODAY at 12pm, EDT: PERI's Robert Pollin and co-authors of America’s Zero-Carbon Action Plan discuss findings of the rep...
03/31/2021

TODAY at 12pm, EDT: PERI's Robert Pollin and co-authors of America’s Zero-Carbon Action Plan discuss findings of the report at "Meeting the Climate Change Challenge: A Review of Recent US Reports" webinar.
Free to register: https://buff.ly/3tJQ1RN

In an article for Project Syndicate, PERI's Jayati Ghosh discusses how the world's three major private credit-rating age...
03/17/2021
Credit-Rating Agencies Could Derail Economic Recovery | by Jayati Ghosh - Project Syndicate

In an article for Project Syndicate, PERI's Jayati Ghosh discusses how the world's three major private credit-rating agencies are using their power to prevent low-income countries from restructuring their debts and stimulating their economies.

The world's three major private credit-rating agencies are using their power to prevent low-income countries from restructuring their debts and stimulating their economies. The case for an independent public ratings agency has never been stronger.

People of color and low-income communities bear disproportionate exposure to air pollution. If carbon reduction policies...
03/15/2021
PERI - Green for All: Integrating Air Quality and Environmental Justice into the Clean Energy Transition

People of color and low-income communities bear disproportionate exposure to air pollution. If carbon reduction policies are implemented without a justice lens, communities of color will continue to bear the burden of pollution. A new PERI report, co-authored by Bridget Diana, Michael Ash and James Boyce, shows how reducing carbon alone can have adverse effects on environmental justice. Read more: https://bit.ly/3rWz6Lq

Climate policy can advance clean air and environmental justice, but policies must be designed with these goals explicitly in mind. In Green for All, P...

Livestream on March 8, at 2pm EST. Watch PERI's Robert Pollin discuss "Green New Deal: Prospects of a Low Carbon Future"...
03/03/2021
Green New Deal: Prospects of a Low Carbon Future

Livestream on March 8, at 2pm EST.
Watch PERI's Robert Pollin discuss "Green New Deal: Prospects of a Low Carbon Future" during an Oxford Climate Society webcast.

Event on the ‘Green New Deal: Prospects for a Low Carbon Future'

In an article for American Prospect, Robert Kuttner discusses PERI's new report on how to transform the West Virginia ec...
03/02/2021
The Manchin Conundrum

In an article for American Prospect, Robert Kuttner discusses PERI's new report on how to transform the West Virginia economy via a clean energy investment project. Kuttner writes, "It’s the kind of report that a state planning agency would commission and then carry out, if states were serious about economic planning." The report is co-authored by Robert Pollin, Jeannette Wicks-Lim, Shouvik Chakraborty, and Gregor Semieniuk.

He sure ought to favor a large infrastructure program for West Virginia.

02/27/2021
ReImagine Appalachia

PERI's Robet Pollin participates in a webcast to launch "Impacts of the Reimagine Appalachia & Clean Energy Transition Programs for West Virginia," a report he co-authored with Jeannette Wicks-Lim, Shouvik Chakraborty and Greg Semieniuk. Report link: https://bit.ly/3dPnXHNr

According to a recent Political Economy Research Institute study, the ReImagine Appalachia Climate Infrastructure Plan would create 41,100 family-sustaining jobs in West Virginia.

02/25/2021
WV Jobs Report

According to a recent Political Economy Research Institute study, the ReImagine Appalachia Climate Infrastructure Plan would create 41,100 family-sustaining jobs in West Virginia.

PERI's James Boyce and co-author Mark Paul look at the efficacy of Biden's climate plan.
02/19/2021
Does Biden's insurance policy for the climate go far enough?

PERI's James Boyce and co-author Mark Paul look at the efficacy of Biden's climate plan.

To make sure that carbon emissions are cut enough to curb the rise in global temperatures, we need another piece in the climate policy mix: an insurance policy for the climate.

Join us for a live webinar tomorrow at 4pm, as PERI's Nancy Folbre discusses her new book, "The Rise and Fall of Patriar...
02/15/2021

Join us for a live webinar tomorrow at 4pm, as PERI's Nancy Folbre discusses her new book, "The Rise and Fall of Patriarchal Systems: An Intersectional Political Economy." Book launch is co-sponsored by PERI and UMass Amherst Economics Dept. Political Economy Workshop Series. Register for webinar here: https://bit.ly/3aoHNra.

01/28/2021
ReImagine Appalachia PA Jobs Report

According to a recent Political Economy Research Institute study, the ReImagine Appalachia Climate Infrastructure Plan would create a quarter million Pennsylvania Jobs

Join Robert Pollin Thursday, Jan. 28, at 11 am, as he discusses a new PERI report on a clean energy transition program f...
01/28/2021

Join Robert Pollin Thursday, Jan. 28, at 11 am, as he discusses a new PERI report on a clean energy transition program for Pennsylvania. The report was co-authored by Jeannette Wicks-Lim, Shouvik Chakraborty and Gregor Semieniuk.

Join us tomorrow via Facebook Live at 11 a.m. to see
Political Economy Research Institute - PERI's economic analysis on the number of family-sustaining green jobs that the #ReImagineAppalachia blueprint can create if a bold stimulus package is passed. Hint: it's a lot!

You can also join via Zoom by registering here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_dsHvOpAaS9udRBirhu1g0Q

PERI researchers Michael Ash and Jim Boyce release new Toxic 100 and Greenhouse 100 indexes of top corporate air and wat...
01/27/2021

PERI researchers Michael Ash and Jim Boyce release new Toxic 100 and Greenhouse 100 indexes of top corporate air and water polluters and top greenhouse gas emitters. https://bit.ly/3iU5quI

Register now for The Guardian's rescheduled live webcast with philosopher and activist Noam Chomsky and PERI's Robert Po...
12/03/2020
Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin: The Green New Deal

Register now for The Guardian's rescheduled live webcast with philosopher and activist Noam Chomsky and PERI's Robert Pollin, as they discuss their new book "Climate Crisis and the Global Green New Deal." Event airs live tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 4 at 2pm EST.

Philosopher and activist Noam Chomsky and economist Robert Pollin will discuss their new book about the climate crisis.

PERI's James Boyce discusses the advantages of "Universal Property" in an article for Scientific American.
12/01/2020
The Case for 'Universal Property'

PERI's James Boyce discusses the advantages of "Universal Property" in an article for Scientific American.

An idea pioneered by Alaska could inoculate society against extreme inequality

Join live webcast from The Guardian, as Noam Chomsky and PERI's Robert Pollin discuss their new book "Climate Crisis and...
11/20/2020
Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin: The Green New Deal

Join live webcast from The Guardian, as Noam Chomsky and PERI's Robert Pollin discuss their new book "Climate Crisis and the Global Green New Deal." Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2pm EST.

Philosopher and activist Noam Chomsky and economist Robert Pollin will discuss their new book about the climate crisis.

Register for webinar that begins today at 3pm!With PERI's Robert Pollin and Jeannette Wicks-Lim.
11/10/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: The Just Transition in America's Zero-Carbon Action Plan. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Register for webinar that begins today at 3pm!
With PERI's Robert Pollin and Jeannette Wicks-Lim.

Climate change represents a profound policy challenge to America and the world – requiring a response at a sweeping scale and with unprecedented speed centered on remaking the energy foundations of our society. The move to a clean and renewable energy future must be advanced at the same time Ameri...

Join PERI's Robert Pollin and Jeannette Wicks-Lim as they discuss "The Just Transition in America's Zero Carbon Action P...
11/08/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: The Just Transition in America's Zero-Carbon Action Plan. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Join PERI's Robert Pollin and Jeannette Wicks-Lim as they discuss "The Just Transition in America's Zero Carbon Action Plan," as part of a webinar to support the release of a comprehensive policy report that presents a strategic plan to create a carbon-neutral economy for the United States by 2050.
Click below to register for Tuesday, November 10, 2020
3:00 - 4:00 pm EDT

Climate change represents a profound policy challenge to America and the world – requiring a response at a sweeping scale and with unprecedented speed centered on remaking the energy foundations of our society. The move to a clean and renewable energy future must be advanced at the same time Ameri...

How the Green Revolution Is Harming Africa | by Jayati Ghosh - Project Syndicate
10/29/2020
How the Green Revolution Is Harming Africa | by Jayati Ghosh - Project Syndicate

How the Green Revolution Is Harming Africa | by Jayati Ghosh - Project Syndicate

The COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing climate change should have taught us the importance of resilience. Unfortunately, well-intentioned efforts to improve food security in Africa are instead increasing small farmers’ dependence on global agribusinesses without raising their incomes, and making farmin...

10/20/2020
ReImagine Appalachia

PERI's Robert Pollin discusses new report on Clean Energy Programs for Ohio and Pennsylvania.

PA and OH stand to add over 250,000 jobs each according to PERI study.

An indispensable web resource for anyone frustrated with American politics or worried about the state of our democracy. ...
10/07/2020
Second Rate Democracy

An indispensable web resource for anyone frustrated with American politics or worried about the state of our democracy. Based on a course taught by Douglas J. Amy, Professor Emeritus of Politics, Mount Holyoke College. http://www.secondratedemocracy.com

The United States is the country that democracy left behind. At its founding, the U.S. was on the cutting edge of democracy. Our Constitution rejected rule by kings and pioneered democratic innovations like civil liberties. But in the 200 years since, democratic institutions have continued to evolv

In a point/counterpoint format, PERI's Jeannette Wicks-Lim argues for Medicare for All by presenting estimates showing h...
10/05/2020
PERI - Medicare for All Provides More for Less

In a point/counterpoint format, PERI's Jeannette Wicks-Lim argues for Medicare for All by presenting estimates showing how this program would translate into lower aggregate healthcare expenditures while expanding coverage to all Americans.

>> Read article in Journal of Policy Anaylsis and Management (free untl Nov. 17) in a point/counterpoint format with Joseph Minarik, PERI's Jean...

New journal article by PERI's Gregor Semieniuk and coauthors.
10/02/2020
Low‐carbon transition risks for finance

New journal article by PERI's Gregor Semieniuk and coauthors.

Transition risk drivers can cause economic costs and alter expectations in both sunset and sunrise sectors. Costs and changed expectations impact financial stability. This can impact the macroeconomy...

PERI's Gerald Epstein and Esra Nur Ugurlu, in an article published by Jacobin Magazine's Catalyst journal, address the w...
10/02/2020
PERI - Are Bankers Essential Workers?

PERI's Gerald Epstein and Esra Nur Ugurlu, in an article published by Jacobin Magazine's Catalyst journal, address the ways public banking and finance institutions could transform to meet the challenges of catastrophic climate change, economic exploitation, racial exclusion, and sustainable economic development.

A progressive political agenda calls for public banking and finance institutions (PBFIs) to be widespread and large enough to meet the challenges of c...

PERI's Gerald Epstein addresses the impact of U.S. politics on the global economy and discusses the disconnect between t...
09/21/2020
Understanding the Presidential election’s impact on the domestic and international economy

PERI's Gerald Epstein addresses the impact of U.S. politics on the global economy and discusses the disconnect between the stock market growth and how well the average American family is faring.

(Mass Appeal) – In just a few short weeks we will go to the polls to elect a President. No matter what your political leaning the United States Presidential election has an effect on the U.S.…

09/21/2020
Climate Crisis and the Global Green New Deal, with Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin

Today at 1pm, watch PERI's Robert Pollin and Noam Chomsky talk about their new book, "Climate Crisis and the Global Green New Deal." Hosted by the NYS Writers Institute/Albany Book Festival, Univ. of Albany.

An Albany Book Festival featured event presented by the NYS Writers Institute Considered the founder of modern linguistics, Noam Chomsky is one of the most c...

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