Robert Pollin

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 has been described as a leftist economist[1] and is a supporter of egalitarianism.[2]

Robert Pollin
Robert Pollin portrait 2017
Pollin in 2017
Robert Pollin Kercheck

September 29, 1950 (age 68)
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin,

New School
Political partyDemocratic


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

Pollin moved to the University of Massachusetts Amherst's economic department from University of California - Riverside in 1998. According to Marxist economist Richard D. Wolff, Pollin's department is described as being "left Keynesians, but the Keynesianism is the theoretical frame. Marxism, for sure, is not" while Pollin states that he would be happy to hire Marxists but that economics departments do not produce them any longer.[3]

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".[4][5][6]

Pollin and his colleagues defended Nicolas Maduro following the 2013 Venezuelan presidential election stating that audits performed by the Venezuelan government were sufficient and that Maduro won the presidency.[7][8] In June 2015, the leftist Spanish party Podemos partnered with Pollin on a renewable energy plan that they said would create jobs and make Spain more independent with energy.

Personal life

He is the son of Irene Kercheck and Abe Pollin, the former owner of the NBA's Washington Wizards and Washington Capitals.[3] Pollin was part of the family ownership team that sold the Wizards after his father's death.[9]


  • Transforming the US Financial System (ed., with Gary Dymski and Gerald Epstein; 1993)
  • The Macroeconomics of Saving, Finance, and Investment (1997)
  • Globalization and Progressive Economic Policy (ed., with Dean Baker and Gerald Epstein; 1998)
  • The Living Wage: Building a Fair Economy (with Stephanie Luce; 1998)
  • Contours of Descent: US Economic Fractures and the Landscape of Global Austerity (2003)
  • Back To Full Employment (2012)
  • Greening the Global Economy (2015)[10]


  1. ^ Devine, James G. (June 2005). Review of Social Economy Vol. 63, No. 2. Taylor & Francis. pp. 299–301. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  2. ^ Steelman, Aaron. "Breaking into the Mainstream" (PDF). Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
  3. ^ a b Matthews, Dylan (24 April 2013). "Inside the offbeat economics department that debunked Reinhart-Rogoff". The Washington Post. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
  4. ^ Herndon, Thomas; Ash, Michael; Pollin, Robert (April 15, 2013). "Does High Public Debt Consistently Stifle Economic Growth? A Critique of Reinhart and Rogoff" (PDF). Political Economy Research Institute, University of Massachusetts Amherst.
  5. ^ Goldstein, Steve (April 16, 2013). "The spreadsheet error in Reinhart and Rogoff's famous paper on debt sustainability". MarketWatch.
  6. ^ Konczal, Mike (April 16, 2013). "Researchers Finally Replicated Reinhart-Rogoff, and There Are Serious Problems". Roosevelt Institute. Archived from the original on April 18, 2013.
  7. ^ "Pollin defendió a Maduro en su polémica victoria". La Gaceta. 22 June 2015. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  8. ^ Beeton, Dan. "Economists Call on Media to Report "Overwhelming Evidence" Regarding Venezuelan Election Results". CEPR. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  9. ^ "Leonsis close to purchase of Wizards". ESPN. Associated Press. April 28, 2010. Retrieved October 10, 2015.
  10. ^ Robert Pollin (13 November 2015). Greening the Global Economy. MIT Press. ISBN 978-0-262-02823-3.

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