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 2023

    Note: This is the table of contents for the latest (27th) 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 Post-Pandemic Economy
    • 1.1. The Fed's 2% Inflation Target John Miller
    • 1.2 The Inflation Reality and the Attack on Wages Arthur MacEwan
    • 1.3 Powell's Interest Rate Reflex When Workers Flex Power Kalena Thomhave
    • 1.4 How to Ignore Childhood Poverty Without Having to Say You’re Sorry John Miller
    • 1.5 A Quick Tour of the Latest Survey of Consumer Finances Bill Barclay
  • Chapter 2—Fiscal Policy
    • 2.1 Two "Bad" Tax Ideas Are Better Than One John Miller
    • 2.2 Taxing Corporations Is Infrastructure John Miller
    • 2.3 Majority Checked: The IRA and the Constitution Robert Ovetz
    • 2.4 The Fiscal Crisis of the State? Gerald Friedman
    • 2.5 The Myth of Millionaire Tax Migration John Miller
  • Chapter 3—Money, Banking, and Finance
    • 3.1 The New Tools of the Fed John Miller
    • 3.2 Concentration of Stock Ownership Ed Ford
    • 3.3 Selling Out Workers and Retirees to Their Financial Advisors John Miller
    • 3.4 Is “MMT” an Answer for the United States? For Greece? Arthur MacEwan
    • 3.5 Silicon Valley Fractures James M. Cypher
  • Chapter 4—Social Policy
    • 4.1 Why Is Student Debt Cancelation Such a Big Deal? Arthur MacEwan
    • 4.2 U.S. Health Care: High Costs, Low Quality Maria Pita de Abreu
    • 4.3 Economic Inequality and Homelessness Arthur MacEwan
    • 4.4 Why Prison Education Matters Tyler Bowman
    • 4.5 Social Security and Inequality Arthur MacEwan
  • 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 Nuclear Power Will Not Solve the Climate Crisis Robert Pollin
    • 5.4 Facing Up to Climate Hell John Miller
    • 5.5 Climate Change and Inequality Arthur MacEwan
  • Chapter 6—Corporations
    • 6.1 Monopoly Power Everywhere Armağan Gezici
    • 6.2 Corporate Taxes: Less, Less, and Less Arthur MacEwan
    • 6.3 How 'Big Oil' Works the System and Keeps Winning Naomi Orsekes and Jeff Nesbit
    • 6.4 The Landlord Lobby Fights Dirty Sam Knight
    • 6.5 Control the Vampire Companies Jayati Ghosh
  • Chapter 7—Labor, Unions, and Working Conditions
    • 7.1 Will There Be a Just Transition to Electric Vehicles? Nick French
    • 7.2 Battling Starbucks Saurav Sarkar
    • 7.3 Wage Theft as a Business Model Saurav Sarkar
    • 7.4 AI and the Future of Work Rober Ovetz
    • 7.5 Putting Children to work John Miller
  • 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 Power, Wages, and Inequalty: All in a Government Report! Arthur MacEwan
    • 8.4 Death and Inequality Arthur MacEwan
    • 8.5 Stop Stock Buybacks! Erika Wills
  • Chapter 9— Gender, Race, and Class
    • 9.1 Who Can Afford to Have Kids, Anyway? Débora Nunes
    • 9.2 #MeToo in the Hospitality Sector Ellen Mutari
    • 9.3 The Fed and the Racial Wealth Gap John Miller
    • 9.4 The Economic Conditions of Black People in the United States Arthur MacEwan
    • 9.5 Race Inequality, Class Inequality Arthur MacEwan
  • Chapter 10—The Global Economy
    • 10.1 Globalization in Crisis John Miller
    • 10.2 The Whole World Debt Crisis Sasha Breger Bush
    • 10.3 SWIFT, the U.S. Dollar, and the Global Political Economy of Trade Bill Barclay
    • 10.4 Weaponizing Free Trade Agreements Anis Chwdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram
    • 10.5 Brewing Inequality: How the Global Tea Industry Works Saurav Sarkar
  • Chapter 11—Resistance and Alternatives
    • 11.1 Finance in the Public Interest Nicole Levy and Deborah M. Figart
    • 11.2 Making Carbon Visible to Investors (and Us!) Doug Orr
    • 11.3 Police Violence Is Enabled by Massive Spending Sonali Kolhatkar
    • 11.4 “Migration Is a Form of Fighting Back” David Bacon
    • 11.5 The Potential of Tax Reform in Latin America C.P. Chandrasekhar and Jayati Ghosh
  • Contributors