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 2021

    Note: This is the table of contents for the latest (25th) 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 Pandemic Economy and Beyond
    • 1.1. Why Record Numbers of Workers are Quitting and Striking Sonali Kolhatkar
    • 1.2 How Serious Is the Inflation Situation? Rob Larson
    • 1.3 Monopoly So Fragile Cory Doctorow
    • 1.4 The Stock Market and the Coronavirus Crisis John Miller
    • 1.5 Covid-19 and Catastrophe Capitalism John Bellamy Foster and Intan Suwandi
  • Chapter 2—Fiscal Policy
    • 2.1 Taxing Corporations Is Infrastructure John Miller
    • 2.2 Guaranteed Employment or Guaranteed Unemployment Pavlina R. Tcherneva
    • 2.3 State and Local Fiscal Austerity Amanda Page-Hoongrajok
    • 2.4 The Fiscal Crisis of the State? Gerald Friedman
    • 2.5 Untaxed and Unfair John Miller
  • Chapter 3—Money, Banking, and Finance
    • 3.1 The Fed’s Response to the Coronavirus Crisis Esra Uğurlu and Gerald Epstein
    • 3.2 A Primer on Debt Bruce Parry
    • 3.3 The Public Banking Alternative Rick Girling
    • 3.4 Selling Out Workers and Retirees to Their Financial Advisors John Miller
    • 3.5 Is “MMT” an Answer for the United States? For Greece? Arthur MacEwan
  • Chapter 4—Social Policy
    • 4.1 Dangerous Talk about Education and Economic Mobility John Miller
    • 4.2 Why Is Student Debt Cancelation Such a Big Deal? Arthur MacEwan
    • 4.3 U.S. Health Care: High Costs, Low Quality Maria Pita de Abreu
    • 4.4 The Political Economy of Rent Control Stephen Barton
    • 4.5 Nursing Homes, Private Equity, and Covid-19 Bill Barclay
  • Chapter 5—The Environment
    • 5.1 Can We Afford a Stable Climate? Frank Ackerman
    • 5.2 Why the Climate Crisis is Also the Crisis of Capitalism Ying Chen and Güney Işikara
    • 5.3 Climate Change, Social Justice, and the Green New Deal Arthur MacEwan
    • 5.4 Is a Rapid Green-Energy Switch Prohibitively Costly? Arthur MacEwan
    • 5.5 The Limits of Ethical Consumerism Marc Triller
  • 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 Drugs and Global Capitalism Sasha Breger Bush
    • 6.5 The Bankruptcy Games Bill Barclay
  • Chapter 7—Labor, Unions, and Working Conditions
    • 7.1 Getting Up to Speed on the Minimum Wage John Miller
    • 7.2 Unemployment Insurance: A Safety Net with Holes Alejandro Reuss
    • 7.3 Actual Effects of Enhanced Unemployment Benefits John Miller
    • 7.4 Destroying the Illusions of the Restaurant Industry Eoin Higgins
    • 7.5 Can the Decline of Unions Be Reversed? Arthur MacEwan
  • Chapter 8— Inequality
    • 8.1 Inequality and the Structure of Markets Arthur MacEwan
    • 8.2 Pay No Attention to the Inequality Behind the Curtain John Miller
    • 8.3 Pundits Claim Fighting Inequality Is Bad for Low-Wage Workers John Miller
    • 8.4 Do People Care About Extreme Inequality? Arthur MacEwan
    • 8.5 The Wealth Tax Proposals John Miller
  • Chapter 9— Gender, Race, and Class
    • 9.1 “Equal Pay” Is Not So Equal John Miller
    • 9.2 #MeToo in the Hospitality Sector Ellen Mutari
    • 9.3 Measuring Black Women’s Wage Gap An Interview with Michelle Holder
    • 9.4 Trump and the Wages of Whiteness Zoe Sherman
    • 9.5 Mapping Environmental Injustice Klara Zwickl, Michael Ash, and James K. Boyce
  • Chapter 10—The Global Economy
    • 10.1 Are Governments Economically Stupid in Failing to Suspend Patent Protections for Vaccines? Arthur MacEwan
    • 10.2 Essential—and Expendable—Mexican Labor Mateo Crossa and James M. Cypher
    • 10.3 Brazil’s 10-Year Downward Spiral James M. Cypher and Guillermo Foladori
    • 10.4 Ford Drives Away from Brazil Débora Nunes
    • 10.5 India’s Farmers Protests Sirisha Naidu
  • Chapter 11—Resistance and Alternatives
    • 11.1 Solidarity Beyond the Crisis Francisco PĂ©rez and Luis Feliz León
    • 11.2 Police Violence Is Enabled by Massive Spending Sonali Kolhatkar
    • 11.3 “Migration Is a Form of Fighting Back” David Bacon
    • 11.4 Pandemic Mail: Reimagining the Role of the U.S. Post Office Christy Pottroff
    • 11.5 Social Infrastructure and the Care Crises in China Ying Chen, Zhongjin Li, and Yang Zhan
  • Contributors