Economist Gerald Epstein Available to Discuss Potential Impacts of Federal Government Shutdown
Source Newsroom: University of Massachusetts Amherst
Topic: The potential economic and political impacts of the looming federal government shutdown – who’ll be affected, and why this couldn’t have come at a worse time for the U.S. economy
Expert: Gerald Epstein, professor of economics and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts Amherst -- www.peri.umass.edu
Available: Via phone or email for print/radio interviews; via satellite from on-campus VideoLink studio for television interviews
Contact: Jared Sharpe – 413-545-3809 / jsharpe[at]admin.umass.edu
Gerald Epstein, professor of economics and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is available to discuss the potential economic and political impacts of the looming shutdown of the federal government.
Epstein is available to comment on:
-- Who will be affected immediately by the shutdown and its impacts on the still-shaky economy
-- The very severe and costly damage faced by government workers and those dependent on government services if the shutdown drags on
-- What a shutdown in the midst of the worst economic crisis since the 1930's says about our “profoundly dysfunctional” political system, and the unspeakable calamities that has followed similar political dysfunction during periods of economic instability
-- The impact political money is having on steering Congress toward a shutdown, and the steps that must be taken to prevent the future destructive influences of campaign funding and dark money
To schedule an interview with Gerald Epstein, please contact:
News and Media Relations
University of Massachusetts Amherst
ABOUT GERALD EPSTEIN
Gerald Epstein received his Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University. He has published widely on a variety of progressive economic policy issues, especially in the areas of central banking and international finance, and is the editor or co-editor of six volumes, including Financialization and the World Economy (Edward Elgar Press 2004); Capital Flight and Capital Controls in Developing Countries (Edward Elgar Press 2004); Globalization and Progressive Economic Policy (with Dean Baker and Robert Pollin, Cambridge University Press 1998); Macroeconomic Policy After the Conservative Era: Studies in Investment, Saving and Finance (with Herbert Gintis, Cambridge University Press 1995); and Transforming the U.S. Financial System: An Equitable and Efficient Structure for the 21st Century (with Gary Dymski and Robert Pollin, M.E. Sharpe 1993).
Epstein's current work focuses on developing macroeconomic policies to promote just and sustainable improvements in living standards.
He is also a long-time member of the Center for Popular Economics.
More information: www.umass.edu/economics/epstein.html