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Greening the Global Economy: Robert Pollin

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

University Center, The Bob and Sheila Hoerle Lecture Hall/Hoerle Lecture Hall, UL105 (lower level) 63 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

The New School for Social Research is proud to present Robert Pollin's new book Greening the Global Economy.  

New School alumnus Robert Pollin (PhD Economics, 1982, New School for Social Research) gives a lecture about his book, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Katrina vanden Heuvel (editor and publisher of The Nation). Copies of Greening the Global Economy will also be on sale at the event.

In Greening the Global Economy, Pollin offers a concrete solution to our global crisis. He takes on the widely-held belief that protecting the environment and expanding job opportunities are conflicting goals, and offers hard numbers and original research as well as studies from all points along the political spectrum (including the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the World Bank and McKinsey & Co.) to prove it wrong and counter with a bold solution: Pollin determines that, “The global economy can achieve the emissions reduction target if most countries devote between 1.5 and 2% per year of GDP to energy efficiency and clean, low-emissions renewable energy sources.” What’s more, Pollin shows how working people in all regions of the globe will benefit – in many cases substantially – from the overall growth in job opportunities generated by clean energy investments.

Robert Pollin is Distinguished Professor of Economics and Co-Director of the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is also the founder and President of PEAR (Pollin Energy and Retrofits), an Amherst, MA-based green energy company operating throughout the United States. His books include The Living Wage: Building a Fair Economy (co-authored 1998); Contours of Descent: U.S. Economic Fractures and the Landscape of Global Austerity (2003); An Employment-Targeted Economic Program for South Africa (co-authored 2007); A Measure of Fairness: The Economics of Living Wages and Minimum Wages in the United States (co-authored 2008), Back to Full Employment (2012), Green Growth (2014), Global Green Growth (2015) and Greening the Global Economy (forthcoming 2015). He has worked recently as a consultant for the U.S. Department of Energy, the International Labour Organization, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization and numerous non-governmental organizations in several countries on various aspects of building high-employment green economies. He has also directed projects on employment creation and poverty reduction in sub-Saharan Africa for the United Nations Development Program, and has worked with many U.S. non-governmental organizations on creating living wage statutes at both the statewide and municipal levels. He is presently a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the European Commission project on Financialization, Economy, Society, and Sustainable Development (FESSUD). He was selected by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the “100 Leading Global Thinkers for 2013.”

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