Current Economic Issues

Edited by James M. Cypher, Robert Larson, Chris Sturr, and the Dollars & Sense collective

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Date of publication:
December 2020

    Note: This is the table of contents for the latest (24th) edition of Current Economic Issues. If you are ordering a pdf of an earlier edition of this title, please ask your instructor for that edition's table of contents, and make sure you order your pdf using the URL your instructor gave you.

  • Chapter 1—The Coronavirus Crisis
    • 1.1 Coronavirus: A Capitalist Crisis Richard D. Wolff
    • 1.2 The Trump Administration Was Ruining the Pre-Covid-19 Economy Too, Just More Slowly Josh Bivens
    • 1.3 The Coronavirus Consensus: Spend, Spend, Spend Gerald Epstein
    • 1.4 Not Just a “Natural Disaster” Alejandro Reuss Alejandro Reuss
    • 1.5 How the Coronavirus Crisis Became an Economic Crisis Alejandro Reuss
    • 1.6 Growing Together, Flying Apart: Regional Disparities in the U.S. Economy Gerald Friedman
  • Chapter 2—Fiscal Policy
    • 2.1 Guaranteed Employment or Guaranteed Unemployment—Which Path to a Post-Pandemic World? Pavlina Tcherneva
    • 2.2 Fake Tax News John Miller
    • 2.3 State and Local Fiscal Austerity Amanda Page-Hoongrajok
    • 2.4 The Fiscal Crisis of the State? Gerald Friedman
    • 2.5 Military Spending in the Swampland James M. Cypher
  • Chapter 3—Money, Banking, and Finance
    • 3.1 The Fed’s Response to the Coronavirus Crisis: Not Just the Same Ole’, Same Ole’ Esra Uğurlu and Gerald Epstein
    • 3.2 The Stock Market and the Coronavirus Crisis John Miller
    • 3.3 A Primer on Debt Bruce Parry
    • 3.4 The Dangers of Private Debt Julian Jacobs
    • 3.5 Is “MMT” an Answer for the U.S.? For Greece? Arthur MacEwan
  • Chapter 4—Social Policy
    • 4.1 Dangerous Talk about Education and Economic Mobility John Miller
    • 4.2 Has Neoliberalism Underfunded Schools? Arthur MacEwan
    • 4.3 "Medicare for All" Could Be Cheaper Than You Think Gerald Friedman
    • 4.4 The Political Economy of Residential Rent Control Stephen Barton
    • 4.4 Unemployment Insurance: A Safety Net with Holes Alejandro Reuss
  • Chapter 5—The Environment
    • 5.1 Can We Afford a Stable Climate? Frank Ackerman
    • 5.2 Why the Climate Crisis Is Also the the Crisis of Capitalism Ying Chen and Güney Işikara
    • 5.3 How Green is Joe Biden's Green New Deal? John Miller
    • 5.4 Is a Rapid Green-Energy Switch Prohibitively Costly? Arthur MacEwan
    • 5.4 Growth, Growth, Growth: What Will Happen? Arthur MacEwan
  • Chapter 6—Corporations
    • 6.1 If Corporations are People, What Kind of People Are They? Geoff Schneider
    • 6.2 Monopoly Power Everywhere Armağan Gezici
    • 6.3 Rebooting Big Tech Rob Larson
    • 6.4 App Workers in the Covid-19 Economy Nicole Aschoff
    • 6.5 The Bankruptcy GamesBill Barclay
  • Chapter 7—Labor, Unions, and Working Conditions
    • 7.1 What are the effects of a $15/hour Federal Minimum Wage? Arthur MacEwan
    • 7.2 “Hero Pay” and Covid-19 David McClough
    • 7.3 The Actual Effects of Enhanced Unemployment Benefits John Miller
    • 7.4 Bubble Breakthrough: The NBA Work Stoppage Was a Perfect Model for a Wildcat Strike Abdul Malik
    • 7.5 Why Janus Matters Gerald Friedman
  • Chapter 8—Poverty and Wealth
    • 8.1 How Inequality Kills, and How to Fight It in the Era of Covid-19 Alejandro Reuss
    • 8.2 Inequality and the Structure of Markets Arthur MacEwan
    • 8.3 Pay No Attention to the Inequality Behind the Curtain! John Miller
    • 8.4 Pundits Claim Fighting Inequality is Bad for Low-Wage Workers John Miller
    • 8.5 The Wealth Tax Proposals John Miller
  • Chapter 9—Gender, Race, and Class
    • 9.1 Black Workers Endure Persistent Racial Disparities in EmploymentJhacova Williams and Valerie Wilson
    • 9.2 Trump and the Wages of Whiteness Zoe Sherman
    • 9.3 "Equal Pay" Is Not So Equal John Miller
    • 9.4 #MeToo in the Hospitality Sector Ellen Mutari
    • 9.5 Mapping Environmental Injustice Klara Zwickl, James K. Boyce, and Michael Ash
  • Chapter 10—The Global Economy
    • 10.1 Does U.S. Prosperity Depend on Exploitation? John Miller
    • 10.2 Essential—and Expendable—Mexican Labor Mateo Crossa and James M. Cypher
    • 10.3 Stringent, Stingy, and Severe The Covid-19 Crisis in Modi’s India Smriti Rao
    • 10.4 Local, or Far Away? Arthur MacEwan
    • 10.5 Do Progressives and Trump Agree on Trade? Arthur MacEwan
  • Chapter 11—Resistance and Alternatives
    • 11.1 Solidarity Beyond the Crisis Francisco Pérez and Luis Feliz León
    • 11.2 Police Violence Is Enabled by Massive Spending Sonali Kolhatkar
    • 11.3 Corporate Funding of Police Foundations Gin Armstrong and Derek Seidman
    • 11.4 "Migration Is a Way of Fighting Back" David Bacon
    • 11.5 Social Crises, Crises of Democracy, Neoliberalism in Crisis Romaric Godin
  • Contributors