Current Economic Issues

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

current economic issues cover
Edition:
20th
Date of publication:
December 2016
ISBN:
978-1-939402-27-1
Pages:
230
Price:
$33.95


  • Chapter 1—From Crisis to Stagnation
    • 1.1. Nationalist Neoliberalism Sasha Breger Bush
    • 1.2 Are We Stuck in a Period of Economic Stagnation? Arthur MacEwan
    • 1.3 Recovery Denied John Miller
    • 1.4 The Costs of Austerity Gerald Friedman
    • 1.5 Can “Abenomics” Revive Japan’s Economy? Junji Tokunaga
    • 1.6 German Wage Repression John Miller
  • Chapter 2—Fiscal Policy
    • 2.1 Surviving the Age of Trump Dean Baker 2.2 The $17 Trillion Delusion (Social Security) Marty Wolfson
    • 2.3 The Great Tax-Cut Experiment Gerald Friedman
    • 2.4 What Would Sanders Do? Gerald Friedman
    • 2.5 Robert Samuelson Wants Us to Cut Social Security Dean Baker
  • Chapter 3—Money, Banking, and Finance
    • 3.1 Abolishing the Fed Is No Solution to a Real Problem Arthur MacEwan
    • 3.2 Why the Shift from Production to Speculation? Arthur MacEwan
    • 3.3 Time to Treat Bank CEOs Like Adults Dean Baker
    • 3.4 The Fed Raises Rates—By Paying the Banks Marty Wolfson
    • 3.5 How Private Equity Works and Why It Matters Eileen Applebaum and Rosemary Batt
  • Chapter 4—Social Policy
    • 4.1 The Big Lie About the “Entitlement State” Alejandro Reuss
    • 4.2 The ACA and America’s Health Care Mess Gerald Friedman
    • 4.3 Why Free Higher Ed Can’t Wait Biola Jeje and Belinda Rodriguez
    • 4.4 No Country for Old People David Bacon
    • 4.5 Do Trade Agreements Foreclose Progressive Policy? Arthur MacEwan
  • Chapter 5—The Environment
    • 5.1 Green State America Frank Ackerman
    • 5.2 Can Growth Be Green? An interview with Robert Pollin
    • 5.3 Rent in a Warming World James K. Boyce
    • 5.4 Not Just for Future Generations An Interview with James K. Boyce
    • 5.5 Reducing Greenhouse Gasses Arthur MacEwan
    • 5.6 Jobs, Justice, and the Clean Energy Future Jeremy Brecher
  • Chapter 6—NEW!—Corporations
    • 6.1 If Corporations are People, What Kind of People Are They? Geoff Schneider
    • 6.2 The Corporate P.R.opaganda Machine Rob Larson
    • 6.3 Class Struggle by Other Means Chris Brooks
    • 6.4 Beer-opoly Rob Larson
    • 6.5 The Failure of Modern Industrial Agriculture John Ikerd
    • 6.6 A Case for Public Ownership Arthur MacEwan
  • Chapter 7—Labor, Unions, and Working Conditions
    • 7.1 Is a $15 Minimum Wage Economically Feasible? Jeannette Wicks-Lim
    • 7.2 Will AI Mean Massive Job Loss? Arthur MacEwan
    • 7.3 “Equal Pay” Is Not So Equal John Miller
    • 7.4 The Gig Economy Gerald Friedman
    • 7.5 Labor and the Sharing Economy Anders Fremstad
    • 7.6 These Things Can Change David Bacon
  • Chapter 8—Poverty and Wealth
    • 8.1 Making America Irate Again Steven Pressman
    • 8.2 Inequality: The Silly Tales Economists Like to Tell Dean Baker
    • 8.3 What Happened to Wages? Gerald Friedman
    • 8.4 No Thanks to the Super-Rich Alejandro Reuss
    • 8.5 Corporate Cronyism: The Secret to Overpaid CEOs Dean Baker
    • 8.6 Global Inequality Arthur MacEwan
  • Chapter 9—Race and Class
    • 9.1 The Wages of Whiteness Zoe Sherman
    • 9.2 Poverty Crime, Privileged Crime Kristian Williams
    • 9.3 Why We All Need Affirmative Jeannette Wicks-Lim
    • 9.4 Mapping Environmental Injustice Klara Zickl, James K. Boyce, and Michael Ash
    • 9.5 It Pays to Be White Jeannette Wicks-Lim
    • 9.6 Funding Black Futures Biola Jeje
  • Chapter 10—The Global Economy
    • 10.1 Trans-Pacific Partnership: Corporate Power Unbound John Miller
    • 10.2 The “Emerging” Economies Today An Interview with Jayati Ghosh
    • 10.3 After Horror, Change? John Miller
    • 10.4 The Human Toll of Greek Austerity Evita Nolka
    • 10.5 Inversion Acceleration Roger Bybee
    • 10.6 In the Wake of Brexit, Will the EU Finally Turn Away from Austerity? Dean Baker
  • Chapter 11—NEW!—Migration
    • 11.1 Enforcement of Puerto Rico’s Colonial Debt José A. Laguarta Ramírez
    • 11.2 Equal Treatment for Immigrants Alejandro Reuss
    • 11.3 What Trump Can and Can’t Do to Immigrants David Bacon
    • 11.4 Walled Off from Reality John Miller
    • 11.5 Nativism: As American as (Rotten) Apple Pie Gerald Friedman
  • Contributors