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UMass Economist Pollin Discusses Budget Sequestration's Potential Economic Effects & Impact on Average Americans

Released: 20-Feb-2013 3:00 PM EST
Source Newsroom: University of Massachusetts Amherst
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Topic: The potential economic effects of budget sequestration cuts, and their impacts on the average American

Expert: Robert Pollin, professor of economics and director of the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts Amherst --

Available: Via phone or email at your convenience; also available via satellite for TV segments from on-campus studio in Amherst, Mass.

Contact: Jared Sharpe – 413-545-3809 /


Robert Pollin, professor of economics and director of the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is available for interview to discuss how the looming budget sequestration cuts will affect the economy.

Pollin can comment on:

--Which areas of the economy will be hardest hit by the cuts
--How the simple threat of the cuts have already impacted the economy
--How average Americans will be impacted by the direct and indirect effects of the cuts
--The potential effects of sequestration on national unemployment levels

To schedule an interview with Robert Pollin, please contact:

Jared Sharpe
News and Media Relations -- University of Massachusetts Amherst
Phone: 413-545-3809 / Email:



Robert Pollin's research centers on macroeconomics, conditions for low-wage workers in the U.S. and globally, the analysis of financial markets, and the economics of building a clean-energy economy in the U.S.

His books include Back to Full Employment (2012); A Measure of Fairness: The Economics of Living Wages and Minimum Wages in the United States (co-authored, 2008); An Employment-Targeted Economic Program for Kenya (co-authored, 2008); An Employment-Targeted Economic Program for South Africa (co-authored, 2007); Contours of Descent: U.S. Economic Fractures and the Landscape of Global Austerity (2003); and The Living Wage: Building A Fair Economy (co-authored 1998); and the edited volumes Human Development in the Era of Globalization (co-edited 2006); Globalization and Progressive Economic Policy (co-edited, 1998); The Macroeconomics of Saving, Finance, and Investment (1997); and Transforming the U.S. Financial System (co-edited 1993).

Most recently, he co-authored the studies “Green Recovery” (September 2008), “The Economic Benefits of Investing in Clean Energy” (June 2009), and “Green Prosperity” (June 2009) exploring the broader economic benefits of large-scale investments in building a clean-energy economy in the United States.

He is currently consulting with the U.S. Department of Energy and the International Labour Organization on the economic analysis of clean-energy investments, and has worked with the United Nations Development Programme and the United Nations Economic Commission on Africa on policies to promote decent employment expansion and poverty reduction in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa.

Pollin has also worked with the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress and as a member of the Capital Formation Subcouncil of the U.S. Competitiveness Policy Council.

For more information about Robert Pollin, please visit his website,

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