Podcast: Economics & Beyond

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The Obscene Obstacles to Global Vaccine Distribution

Aug 2, 2021

Lori Wallach, of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, and Jayati Ghosh, economics professor at UMass Amherst, discuss how first world countries are protecting pharma companies’ exorbitant profits, at the expense of vaccinating people living in the Global South and thereby also endangering everyone in the world.

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The Rise and Fall of the Black Blue-Collar Middle Class, part 2

Jul 2, 2021

Umass Lowell Economics professor William Lazonick, outlines the history of how government policy and economic conditions contributed to the rise and fall of a Black blue-collar middle class. Part 2 takes a closer look at the role of finance and stock buybacks and what can be done to reverse the trend towards growing inequality.

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The Rise and Fall of the Black Blue-Collar Middle Class, part 1

Jul 1, 2021

Umass Lowell Economics professor William Lazonick, outlines the history of how government and economic conditions favored the rise of a Black blue-collar middle class from the 1960”s to the 1970’s, and how shifts in policy and in the economy caused its unmaking from the 1980’s onwards.