Author Archives: sgilroy

Arindrajit Dube research cited in article on Walmart’s plan to increase gig labor

Arindrajit Dube, economics, is co-author of a study that found crowdsourced workers who were able to choose their tasks and hours received wages worth about 20 percent of the value of their work while employers were compensated at between 20 percent and 80 percent of the value of the work. Dube and his colleagues also suggest that wages for people in the gig economy are likely to fall over time. (The Atlantic, 4/4/18)

Lee Badgett is co-author of column about connection between countries that support LGBT rights and how that helps create strong economies

M.V. Lee Badgett, economics, is co-author of a column about the connection between countries that support LGBT rights and how that helps create strong economies for everyone. Conversely, research shows that when LGBT rights are restricted, there is a measurable negative impact on the economy, Badgett says. (The Advocate, 4/27/18)

Michael Ash comments on studies that show the relationship between racial segregation and various type of pollution

Michael A. Ash, economics, comments in a news story that talk about studies that show the relationship between racial segregation and increases in air, water and even noise pollution. Ash says segregated minority areas of cities get a lot more pollution. “It’s so much pollution that it led not only to very high exposure to minorities, but it actually bounces back to at least some whites.” (New York Times, 4/3/18)

Gerald Friedman essay looks at impact of national policies on economic growth in different regions of the country

Gerald C. Friedman, economics, writes an essay where he looks at how national economic policies have been one of the driving factors that have increased economic growth is some parts of the country, especially the Northeast and West Coast while growth has been much slower in the industrial Middle West, South and West. (Dollars & Sense, March/April 2018)

PERI fellow James Boyce op-ed calls for state legislature to enact carbon tax

James K. Boyce, economics and fellow of the Political Economy Research Institute, and Raymond S. Bradley, distinguished professor of geosciences and director of the Climate System Research Center, have written an op-ed calling for the state legislature to enact a carbon tax, which they believe will reduce emissions and boost the state’s economy. (CommonWealth Magazine, 5/18/18)

New report by Robert Pollin of PERI suggests that divestment from fossil fuel companies has not been especially effective in reducing carbon emissions

A new report co-authored by Robert Pollin, distinguished professor of economics and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), finds that while it is a popular demand from environmentalists, divestment from fossil fuel companies has “not been especially effective” in reducing carbon emissions — and won’t become effective in the future. (Western Journal, 5/28/18)

Katherine A. Moos is interviewed about a new paper she has written for the Political Economy Research Institute that tracks how labor taxes and transfers have evolved during the last 60 years

Katherine A. Moos, economics, is interviewed about a new paper she has written for the Political Economy Research Institute that tracks how labor taxes and transfers have evolved during the last 60 years. (The Real News Network, 2/9/18)

Robert N. Pollin comments in several news stories about efforts in California and Maine to establish single payer health care systems; Pollin is also interviewed about how unregulated financial markets have created a bubble in the stock market

Robert N. Pollin, Distinguished Professor in economics and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute, comments in several news stories about efforts in California and Maine to establish single payer health care systems. Pollin is also interviewed about how unregulated financial markets have created a bubble in the stock market that is now starting to deflate with sharp drops. (The Real News Network, 2/9/18; Healthcare Finance, 2/8/18; Capital Public Radio, The Free Press [Maine], 2/7/18)