Current Economic Issues

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

current economic issues cover
Date of publication:
December 2017

  • Chapter 1—From Crisis to Stagnation
    • 1.1. Nationalist Neoliberalism Sasha Breger Bush
    • 1.2 Trump Voters Need Good Economic Policy, Not Empathy Dean Baker
    • 1.3 Why Are Wages Growing So Slowly? Arthur MacEwan
    • 1.4 Trump and the Infrastructure of Fascism Gerald Epstein
  • Chapter 2—Fiscal Policy
    • 2.1 Fake Tax News John Miller
    • 2.2 The Great Tax-Cut Experiment Gerald Friedman
    • 2.3 America the Decrepit John Miller
    • 2.4 The $17 Trillion Delusion Marty Wolfson
  • Chapter 3—Money, Banking, and Finance
    • 3.1 Ten Years After the Financial Crisis and Our Elites Have Learned Nothing Dean Baker
    • 3.2 Why the Shift from Production to Speculation? Arthur MacEwan
    • 3.3 The Fed Raises Rates—By Paying the Banks Marty Wolfson
    • 3.4 How Private Equity Works and Why It Matters Eileen Applebaum and Rosemary Batt
  • Chapter 4—Social Policy
    • 4.1 Social Security: Still the Most Efficient Way to Provide Retirement Income Dean Baker
    • 4.2 Dissing the Disabled John Miller
    • 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 "Medicare for All" Could Be Cheaper Than You Think Gerald Friedman
  • Chapter 5—The Environment
    • 5.1 Is Nuclear Plant Closure a Mistake? Frank Ackerman
    • 5.2 DAPL Doesn't Make Economic Sense Mark Paul
    • 5.3 Not Just for Future Generations An Interview with James K. Boyce
    • 5.4 Jobs, Justice, and the Clean Energy Future Jeremy Brecher
  • Chapter 6—Corporations
    • 6.1 If Corporations are People, What Kind of People Are They? Geoff Schneider
    • 6.2 A Flying Public Finally Erupts Sam Pizzigati
    • 6.3 Hopsopoly Rob Larson
    • 6.4 The Failure of Modern Industrial Agriculture John Ikerd
  • Chapter 7—Labor, Unions, and Working Conditions
    • 7.1 The Trump Supply Chain and the Art of the Sweatshop John Miller
    • 7.2 The Case for $15 An Interview with Jeannette Wicks-Lim
    • 7.3 The Fallout from Subcontracting Zoe Sherman
    • 7.4 Will AI Mean Massive Job Loss? Arthur MacEwan
    • 7.5 "Equal Pay" Is Not So Equal John Miller
  • Chapter 8—Poverty and Wealth
    • 8.1 Inequality: The Silly Tales Economists Like to Tell Dean Baker
    • 8.2 How Rich Would Bill Gates Be Without His Copyright on Windows? Dean Baker
    • 8.3 What Happened to the Working Class? Martin Oppenheimer
    • 8.4 Global Inequality Arthur MacEwan
  • Chapter 9—Race and Class
    • 9.1 The Economics of Whitelash John Miller
    • 9.2 Trump and the Wages of Whiteness Zoe Sherman
    • 9.3 Why We All Need Affirmative ActionJeannette Wicks-Lim
    • 9.4 Mapping Environmental Injustice Klara Zickl, James K. Boyce, and Michael Ash
  • Chapter 10—The Global Economy
    • 10.1 Understanding Brexit John Weeks
    • 10.2 Is It Oil? The Issue Revisited Arthur MacEwan
    • 10.3 Military Spending in the Swampland James M. Cypher
    • 10.4 An Empire Upside Down Christy Thornton
    • 10.5 What Would a Progressive Trade Policy Look Like? Arthur MacEwan
  • Chapter 11—Migration
    • 11.1 Migration, Labor, and U.S. Policy David Bacon
    • 11.2 Walled Off from Reality John Miller
    • 11.3 Enforcement of Puerto Rico’s Colonial Debt José A. Laguarta Ramírez
    • 11.4 Nativism: As American as (Rotten) Apple Pie Gerald Friedman
  • Contributors