Robert Pollin

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Robert Pollin
Born Robert Pollin Kercheck
(1950-09-29) September 29, 1950 (age 64)
United States
Alma mater New School for Social Research
Occupation economist, professor, writer

Robert Pollin (born September 29, 1950) is an American economist. He is a professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and founding co-director of its Political Economy Research Institute (PERI).

He was the economic spokesperson in Jerry Brown's 1992 campaign for President of the United States.

In 2013, Pollin, with Thomas Herndon and Michael Ash from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, published a paper which found several errors in Carmen Reinhart's and Kenneth Rogoff's widely cited 2010 paper, "Growth in a time of debt".[1][2][3]


He is the son of Irene Kercheck and Abe Pollin, the former owner of the NBA's Washington Wizards.


  • The Macroeconomics of Saving, Finance, and Investment (1997)
  • Globalization and Progressive Economic Policy (ed., with Dean Baker and Gerald Epstein; 1998)
  • Contours of Descent: US Economic Fractures and the Landscape of Global Austerity (2003)
  • The Living Wage: Building a Fair Economy (with Stephanie Luce)
  • Transforming the US Financial System (ed., with Gary Dymski and Gerald Epstein)
  • Back To Full Employment (2012)


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