Polly Cleveland

Mary M. (Polly) Cleveland is an economist and long-time activist for social justice.

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Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 12:46pm
Increasing the Minimum Wage Can Actually Create Jobs—If It’s Enforced
Back when I first studied economics, we “proved” in class that a minimum wage causes unemployment. You just draw supply and demand curves for labor, add a horizontal line for a wage above the “market clearing” competitive equilibrium wage, and—bingo!—a gap appears between labor supply and labor demand. Q.E.D.
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Friday, February 7, 2014 - 8:54am
Sustainability Squared: How We Can Sustain Both the Environment and the People
Imagine a world in which all people enjoyed a decent modern lifestyle without unduly degrading the natural resources on which future generations will depend. In such a world, people would live healthy, safe, well-educated lives, with ample opportunity to do productive and rewarding work, in a democratic, egalitarian society.
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Saturday, December 8, 2012 - 9:05am
Capturing the Multinational Dragons’ Gold
As medieval dragons do, the dragon in the Beowulf epic sleeps on a pile of gold. With magic sword and shield, Beowulf kills the dragon and, mortally wounded, distributes the gold to his grateful people. Today’s multinational dragons sleep not on gold, but on hoards of cash. Meanwhile little firms—the true “job creators”—perish for want of cash. We don’t need to assault the dragons; we do need to tear away the tax privileges on which they depend.
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