Sunday, January 6, 2008

Nation's Leading Economists Endorse John Edwards for President

From Daily Kosby Sabre11, Wed Jan 02, 2008

Leading Economists are endorsing John Edwards in a Press Release from the Edwards Campaign dated today.


Economists pick Edwards because he will fight for sustained growth, full employment and an end to poverty

Chapel Hill, North Carolina – Today, the John Edwards for President campaign announced that more than 30 leading U.S. economists have endorsed John Edwards for president.

"Economists for John Edwards" includes such notable scholars as James K. Galbraith from the University of Texas at Austin; Deirdre McCloskey from the University of Illinois at Chicago; Thomas Palley, founder of the Economics for Democratic & Open Societies Project; Clyde Prestowitz, president of the Economic Strategies Institute; Harley Shaiken from the University of California, Berkeley; and Edward Wolff from New York University.


"I'm proud to endorse John Edwards and his campaign to build One America.," said James Galbraith, the Lloyd M. Bentsen, Jr. Chair in Government/Business Relations at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin. "Edwards understands that in order for America to prosper, our economy needs to reward work as well as wealth – and he's proposed detailed and comprehensive policies to address the growing income gap, the health care crisis, job loss and the other critical social issues facing our nation."


"I am honored to have earned the support of this distinguished group of economists," said Senator Edwards. "Today, families across the country are working harder than ever, but struggling to make ends meet. To help middle-class families get ahead, we need a president who will fight for universal health care, smarter trade policies and a new energy economy."In their endorsement of Edwards, the "Economists for Edwards" signed on to the following statement:

"As professional economists, we support John Edwards for President of the United States in 2008 because we believe that John Edwards has best demonstrated the capacity and the policies to be the next president of the United States.

"We support John Edwards because we believe his campaign is the single best expression of progressive political values in American politics today.

"We support John Edwards because we believe that as president he will best wage the hard fight that lies ahead for the principles and programs we endorse.

"We support John Edwards because as economists, we seek effective public policy aimed at sustained growth, full employment, an end to poverty, and progress toward solving the major social and environmental problems associated with health care, education, trade, taxation and climate change.

"John Edwards' approach to these issues has been uniquely serious, honest, and far-reaching. We urge all Americans – and particularly the Democratic voters of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina - to join us in supporting John Edwards for president."A complete list of the members of "Economists for Edwards" is included below.

Economists for Edwards

Note that institutional affiliations are for identification purposes only:
  • Gar Alperovitz Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy University of Maryland-College Park
  • Lourdes Beneria Professor of City and Regional Planning Cornell University
  • Michael A. Bernstein Provost Tulane University
  • Martha Campbell Associate Professor, Economics SUNY Potsdam
  • Manuel Castells Chair Professor of Communication Technology and Society University of Southern California, and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Science and Technology MIT
  • Jane D'Arista Former staff economist U.S. House of Representatives
  • William Darity, Jr. Arts & Sciences Professor of Public Policy Studies Professor of African and Africa-American Studies and Economics Duke University
  • Paul Davidson Editor, Journal of Post Keynesian Economics Bernard Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis The New School University
  • Gerald Epstein Professor of Economics University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Susan F. Feiner Director of Women's Studies Professor of Economics University of Southern Maine
  • James K. Galbraith Lloyd M. Bentsen, Jr. Chair in Government/Business Relations LBJ School of Public Affairs The University of Texas at Austin, and Senior Scholar, Levy Economics Institute
  • Richard Garrett Associate Professor of Economics Division of Accounting and Business Management Marymount Manhattan College
  • Mary King Professor of Economics Portland State University
  • Jan Kregel Visiting Distinguished Research Professor of Economics The University of Missouri - Kansas City
  • Peter Hans Matthews Department of Economics Middlebury College Middlebury, Vermont
  • Deirdre McCloskey Professor of Economics University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Richard McIntyre Honors Program Director and Professor of Economics University of Rhode Island.
  • Thomas Michl Professor of Economics Colgate University
  • David Miller Assistant Professor of Economics University of California, San Diego (UCSD)
  • John Miller Professor of Economics Wheaton College
  • Tracy Mott Professor of Economics University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Thomas Palley Founder Economics for Democratic & Open Societies Project
  • Dimitri Papadimitriou President Levy Economics Institute Bard CollegeChip Poirot Associate Professor of Economics Department of Social Sciences Shawnee State University
  • Robert Pollin Professor of Economics and Director, Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) University of Massachusetts-Amherst
  • Robert Prasch Associate Professor of Economics Middlebury College
  • Clyde Prestowitz President Economic Strategies Institute
  • Bruce Roberts Professor of Economics University of Southern Maine
  • J. Barkley Rosser Professor of Economics James Madison University
  • Harley Shaiken Class of 1930 Professor Graduate School of Education and Department of Geography University of California, Berkeley
  • Nina Shapiro Professor and Chair Department of Economics and Finance, Saint Peter's College
  • Edward Wolff Professor of Economics New York University
  • Martin Wolfson Professor of Economics and Policy Studies University of Notre Dame
  • L. Randall Wray Research Director Center for Full Employment and Price Stability Department of Economics University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Senior Scholar, Levy Economics Institute

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