Spring 2009 UMASS Amherst
Operations Research / Management Science Seminar Series

Date: Friday, May 8, 2009

Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Isenberg School of Management, Room 112

Speaker: Professor Robert Pollin

Department of Economics
Co-Director Political Economy Research Institute (PERI)
 University of Massachusetts Amherst

Biography: Dr. Robert Pollin is Professor of Economics and founding Co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His research centers on macroeconomics, conditions for low-wage workers in the U.S. and globally, the analysis of financial markets, and the economics of building a clear-energy economy in the U.S. His books include: A Measure of Fairness: The Economics of Living Wages and Minimum Wages in the United States (co-authored, 2008); An Employment-Targeted Economic Program for Kenya (co-authored, 2008); An Employment-Targeted Economic Program for South Africa (co-authored, 2007); Contours of Descent: U.S. Economic Fractures and the Landscape of Global Austerity (2003); and The Living Wage: Building A Fair Economy (co-authored 1998); and the edited volumes: Human Development in the Era of Globalization (co-edited 2006); Globalization and Progressive Economic Policy (co-edited, 1998); The Macroeconomics of Saving, Finance, and Investment (1997); and Transforming the U.S. Financial System (co-edited 1993). Most recently, he co-authored Job Opportunities for the Green Economy (June 2008) and Green Recovery (September 2008), exploring the broader economic benefits from large-scale investments to build a clean-energy economy in the United States. He has worked with the United Nations Development Program and the United Nations Economic Commission on Africa on policies to promote decent employment expansion and poverty reduction in Latin America and, more recently, sub-Saharan Africa. He has also worked with the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress and as a member of the Capital Formation Subcouncil of the U.S. Competitiveness Policy Council.

TITLE: How Green Growth Can Revive the Economy
Abstract: It was long believed that protecting the environment was a barrier to economic prosperity. Robert Pollin's recent research shows the contrary: that building a clean energy economy can also be an engine of growth and job creation, throughout the U.S. and in Massachusetts specifically. The economic recovery program being developed by the Obama administration builds from these ideas. Pollin will discuss his approach and some prospects for using green recovery as a tool for countering the current severe recession.
This series is organized by the UMASS Amherst INFORMS Student Chapter. Support for this series is provided by the Isenberg School of Management, the Department of Finance and Operations Management, INFORMS, and the John F. Smith Memorial Fund.

Dr. Anna Nagurney, the John F. Smith Memorial Professor of Operations Management in the Isenberg School of Management,  is the Faculty Advisor of the Speaker Series.