Martin Hart-Landsberg is a professor of economics and director of the Political Economy Program at Lewis and Clark College, and adjunct researcher at the Institute for Social Sciences at Gyeongsang National University in South Korea. His areas of teaching and research include political economy, economic development, international economics, and the political economy of East Asia.
The 20 Richest People and Half the U.S. Population
They hold the same amount of wealth.
The Corrupt Economics Behind Greece's Fiscal Problems
It seems certain that the political economy textbooks of the future will include a chapter on the experience of Greece in 2015.
The Corporate Interests That Are Controlling U.S. Trade Policy
No wonder two proposed trade agreements are said to have negative consequences for working-class people.
State and Local Taxes Penalize the Poor and Benefit the Rich
The majority of Americans—both liberal and conservative—want taxes to be progressive, but they're actually quite regressive.
Is It Time for the U.S. to Consider a Shorter Work Week?
Other countries are pushing legislation forward that would reduce the hours employees work in an effort to improve quality of life and increase productivity.
Overwork and Its Deadly Costs: The U.S. in International Perspective
There are few developed countries in the world where people spend more time working than the U.S.—and it's costing us lives.
Security Guards Outnumber High School Teachers in the United States
Growing inequality in America has been matched by a surge in security guards—for gated communities, upscale residential buildings, and more. That trend—more inequality, more guards—is matched across industrialized countries.
Why Income Inequality Will Likely Keep Getting Worse
Embracing a system based on maximizing the returns to private owners of capital is a mistake for the great majority of working people.
What Would the Minimum Wage Be If It Had Risen Like Incomes of the 1%?
A whole lot more than $7.25 an hour.
Does Rising Inequality Threaten Future Economic Stability?
You already know it helps to have money if you want to make money. But things have gotten so bad over the past 10 years that more than our pocketbooks could be at stake. Worse: It may be too late to do anything about it.
U.S. Corporations Are Hoarding Wealth at the Highest Rate Since 1971
Just look at the ratio between the increase in profits and the increase in investment to see how things have changed over the last 40 years.
On Labor Day, a Report That Wages in the U.S. Continue to Fall
Non-government employees are making even less per hour than they were when the recession officially ended.
How the Obama Administration Is Hurting American Workers
The White House needs to push new policies and trade agreements.
The United States Is Last Among Advanced Countries in Paid Vacations and Holidays
Private-sector workers in the U.S. receive 10 days of paid vacation per year on average—but none of them are guaranteed.
The Student Debt Explosion
We celebrate education as the answer to almost all of our economic problems. At the same time, we largely ignore the enormous debt many American students are forced to acquire and the great difficulties they face in landing a job that makes it possible for them to pay it off.
The Wealth of Nations: The U.S. Leads the Globe in Inequality
If the country's total wealth were distributed evenly among adults, we would all be worth more than $260,000.