Robert Pollin says it’s good news that global CO2 emissions remained flat for third year in a row even as global economy grew

Robert N. Pollin, Distinguished Professor in economics and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute, says it is good news that global CO2 emissions remained flat for the third year in a row even as the global economy grew. “It shows that if you switch technologies, you can continue to grow…but it will not get us very far down the line because we need much more dramatic cuts in emissions,” Pollin says. (Marketplace, 3/17/17)

 

Gerald C. Friedman comments on plan presented by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan to repeal the ACA

Gerald Friedman, economics, comments on the plan presented by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Friedman, an expert on the economics of health care, finds numerous serious flaws with the Ryan proposal, is quoted as saying that the plan does not offer “meaningful access through meaningful insurance,” and ultimately declares “I can’t figure this thing out.” His past research on the economic viability of single-payer plans is also referenced in a separate syndicated opinion piece. (Republican, 3/16/17; The Market Oracle, Dissident Voice, 3/15/17)

 

UMass Econ PhD grad Mark Paul and Professor James K. Boyce pen article “A Matter of Life and Death” regarding the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act

From A Matter of Life and Death:
“This week Republicans in Congress introduced a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Since then, debate in Washington has centered on the costs of the Republicans’ plan. But while money will move around if this plan is passed, it is really about life and death.
The core of the Republican plan is an end to a tax on investment income, a tax that has been used for the last seven years to pay for health insurance for about 20 million Americans (one in 12 of us).
No health insurance program — public or private — is perfect. But people who have health insurance are more likely to get the preventive care, screenings and medical care they need.” READ MORE….

Economics PhD student Rebecca Ray co-author of “China and Sustainable Development in Latin America: The Social and Environmental Dimension,” a book which documents the social and environmental impact of the China-led commodity boom in the region

“Over the last decade, Latin American countries have enacted some of the most ambitious environmental and social protections in the world. But these hard-won protections faced their first serious test in the recent China-led commodities boom, as growth exploded in intrinsically-risky sectors like mining and oil.”  Read more…

Gerald C. Friedman says the tax credits in the proposed health care bill offered by Republicans in Congress are too low to allow many people to purchase health insurance

Gerald C. Friedman, economics, says the tax credits in the proposed health care bill offered by Republicans in Congress are too low to allow people, especially the elderly, to purchase health insurance. He also says if the plan becomes law and the mandate for some businesses to provide health insurance for employees is repealed, it will lead to companies dropping health insurance coverage. (Gazette, 3/8/17)

New York Times cites study co-authored by Arin Dube in news story analyzing how subcontracting and outsourcing jobs has large impact on service workers

A news story analyzing how subcontracting and outsourcing jobs has had a large impact on service workers and their pay cites a study co-authored by Arindrajit Dube, economics, in 2008 that found there was a 7 percent wage penalty for janitors and up to a 24 percent penalty for security guards whose jobs were outsourced. (New York Times, 2/28/17)

Gerald A. Epstein argues that Trump and his advisors are using the power of racist, nativist and xenophobic ideologies to accomplish their own political goals

Gerald A. Epstein, economics and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute, is interviewed about how political and economic progressives should respond to the administration of Donald Trump. Epstein argues that Trump and his advisors are using the power of racist, nativist and xenophobic ideologies to accomplish their own political goals. (Salon, 2/26/17)