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 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has tipped an already faltering U.S. economy into deep recession, with drops in employment, incomes, and GDP, and has shaken economies around the world. The 24th edition of Current Economic Issues offers progressive perspectives on the current economic crisis and other major economic issues of the day.

This thoroughly revised edition covers key controversies—the state of the macroeconomy, fiscal policy and taxation, banking and finance, the social-welfare state, environmental protection, labor and unions, economic inequality, corporations, and the changing global economy. This new edition includes thorough coverage of the current recession, including articles on “hero” pay for essential workers, enhanced unemployment benefits, the Fed’s actions to stem the crisis, and how inequality has exacerbated the crisis. This edition also covers the global economy, with articles on essential Mexican workers on both sides of the border, the response to Covid-19 in Prime Minister Narenda Modi’s India, and global protests against neoliberalism.

Current Economic Issues’ distinguished contributors include Frank Ackerman, Dean Baker, James M. Cypher, Armağan Gezici, Rob Larson, John Miller, Jayati Ghosh, and many others. This book is an invaluable tool for understanding the main economic problems of today and contending policy proposals to address them.

The articles in Current Economic Issues are unique in their ability to draw on both passion and intellect from students of all political persuasions.” —DAVID E. KAUN, University of California–Santa Cruz