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300 economists give support for the Occupy Wall Street movement

On November 13th 2011, economists from the University of Massachusetts Amherst issued an open statement pledging support to the Occupy Wall Street movement. Since then about 300 economists have added their names econ4.org.  Below is the statement of support and the alphabetized list of economists who have signed it.   

We are economists who oppose ideological cleansing in the economics profession. Equally we oppose political cleansing in the vital debate over the causes and consequences of our current economic crisis. 

We support the efforts of the Occupy Wall Street movement across the country and across the globe to liberate the economy from the short-term greed of the rich and powerful one percent. 

We oppose cynical and perverse attempts to misuse our police officers and public servants to expel advocates of the public good from our public spaces. 

We extend our support to the vision of building an economy that works for the people, for the planet, and for the future, and we declare our solidarity with the Occupiers who are exercising our democratic right to demand economic and social justice. 

Gerald Epstein / University of Massachusetts Amherst
James K. Boyce / University of Massachusetts Amherst
Taro Abe / Nagoya Gakuin University
Fikret Adaman / Bogazici University
Bengi Akbulut / University of Manchester
Randy Albelda / University of Massachusetts Boston
Michael Albert / Z Communications
Sylvia A. Allegretto / University of California Berkeley
Gar Alperovitz / University of Maryland
Jack Amariglio / Merrimack College
Nurul Aman / University of Massachusetts Boston
Miguel Arce / Universidad del Valle
Michael Ash / University of Massachusetts Amherst
Enid Arvidson / University of Texas at Arlington
Dennis Badeen / York University
Lee Badgett / University of Massachusetts Amherst
Ron Baiman / Center for Tax and Budget Accountability
Dean Baker / Center for Economic and Policy Research
Samuel L. Baker / Purdue University
Scott Baker / Public Banking Institute
Erdogan Bakir / Bucknell University
Benjamin Balak / Rollins College
Radhika Balakrishnan / Rutgers University
Fabian Balardini / Borough of Manhattan Community College
Nesecan Balkan / Hamilton College
Ahmet Baytas / Montclair State University
Nina Banks / Bucknell University
Sundari Baru
Deepankar Basu / University of Massachusetts Amherst
Michael Beggs / University of Sydney
José Bellver/ Complutense University of Madrid
Suzanne Bergeron / University of Michigan Dearborn
Ravi Bhandari / St. Mary’s College
Marc Bilodeau / Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis
Cyrus Bina / University of Minnesota
Peter C. Bloch / University of Wisconsin-Madison
Raford Boddy / San Diego State University
Roger Evan Bove / West ChesterUniversity
Elissa Braunstein / Colorado State University
Garth A. Brazelton / Indiana Economic Development Corporation
Neil Brenner / Harvard University
Ted Burczak  /Denison University
Antonio Callari / Franklin and Marshall College
Isabela Prado Callegari – São Paulo School of Economics
Duncan Cameron / Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Al Campbell / University of Utah
Gerald Campbell / University of Wisconsin Madison
Martha Campbell / Potsdam College (SUNY)
Emanuele Campiglio / New Economics Foundation
Juan Camilo Cardenas / Universidad de Los Andes
Bruce E. Carpenter / Mansfield University
Jessica Carrick-Hagenbarth / University of Massachusetts Amherst
Scott Carter / University of Tulsa
Hugo E. A. da Gama Cerqueira / Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Paresh Chattopadhyay / University of Quebec
Robert Chernomas / University of Manitoba
Savvina Chowdhury / Evergreen State College
Jens Christiansen / Mount Holyoke College
Kimberly Christensen / Sarah Lawrence College
Alan B. Cibils / Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento
Jennifer Cohen / University of Massachusetts Amherst
Steve Cohn / Knox College
Alessio Conti / University of Rome
Paul Cooney / Universidade Federal do Pará
Evelyn B. Córdova / La Universidad del Zulia
James V. Cornehls
Lilia Costabile / University of Naples
J. Kevin Crocker / University of Massachusetts Amherst
James Crotty / University of Massachusetts Amherst
James M. Cypher / Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas
Omar S. Dahi / Hampshire College
Anita Dancs / Western New England University
Adel Daoud / University of Gothenburg
Leila Davis / UMass Amherst
Erik Dean / University of Missouri Kansas City
Carmen Diana Deere / University of Florida
Chase DeHan / University of Utah
Francois Delorme / Association des Economistes Québécois
Joao Paulo de Souza / University of Massachusetts Amherst
George DeMartino  / University of Denver
Serkan Demirkilic / University of Massachusetts Amherst
Maarten de Kadt
Hans Despain / Nichols College
Carlo D’Ippoliti / Sapienza University of Rome
Jonathan Diskin / Earlham College
Geert Dhondt / City University of New York
David Donald / Glasgow Caledonian University
Peter Dorman / Evergreen State College
P.K. Dollar / PI Marketing Research
Laura Dresser / Center on Wisconsin Strategy
Mathieu Dufour / City University of New York
Lynn Duggan / Indiana University Bloomington
Anil Duman / Central European University
Amitava Krishna Dutt / University of Notre Dame
Gary Dymski / University of California Riverside
Marie Christine Duggan / Keene State College
Nina Eichacker / University of Massachusetts Amherst
David Ellerman / University of California at Riverside
Benan Eres / Ankara University
Bilge Erten / United Nations, DESA
Paula Esteves / Federal University of Minas Gerais
Joshua Farley / University of Vermont
Ramon Garcia Fernandez / Universidade Federal do ABC
Antonio J. Fernos-Sagebien / Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico
Kade Finnoff / University of Massachusetts Boston
Nancy Folbre / University of Massachusetts Amherst
Michael Fortunato / Williams College
Robert Francis / Shoreline Community College
L. Carlos Freire-Gibb / Aalborg University
Gerald Friedman / University of Massachusetts Amherst
James K. Galbraith / University of Texas Austin
Robert F. Garnett / Texas Christian University
Heidi Garrett-Peltier / University of Massachusetts Amherst
David George / La Salle University
Armagan Gezici / Keene State College
Norman Glickman / Rutgers University
David Gold / The New School
William W. Goldsmith / Cornell University
Don Goldstein / Allegheny College
Jonathan P. Goldstein / Bowdoin College
Christian Gormsen / Centre d’Economie de la Sorbonne
Mitch Green / University of Missouri Kansas City
Robin Hahnel / American University
Jane V. Hall / California State University Fullerton
Jay P. Hamilton / City University of New York
Amy Hart / University of Sydney
Martin Hart-Landsberg / Lewis and Clark College
James Heintz / University of Massachusetts Amherst
John F. Henry / University of Missouri Kansas City
Doug Henwood / Left Business Observer
Arturo Hermann / ISTAT
Ivan-Dario Hernandez-Umaña / Universidad Nacional de Colombia
Conrad M. Herold / Hofstra University
Marianne Hill / Mississippi Center for Policy Research
Rod Hill / University of New Brunswick
Michael G. Hillard / University of Southern Maine
Larry Hochendoner / World Health Care Infrastructures
Wolfgang Hoeschele / Truman State University
Joan Hoffman / City University of New York
Sue Holmberg / University of Massachusetts Amherst
Kiaran Honderich / Williams College
Jong Haak Hong / Kyungwon University
Barbara Hopkins / Wright State University
Julio Huato / St. Francis College
Alan Hutton / Glasgow Caledonian University
Prue Hyman / Victoria University of Wellington (ret.)
John Ikerd / University of Missouri
Ruth Indeck / Economy Connection
Ryan Isakson / University of Toronto
Jean Jacobson / University of Minnesota Duluth
Frederic B. Jennings Jr. / Center for Ecological Economics and Ethical Education, Ipswich, MA
Tae-Hee Jo / Buffalo State College
Calanit Kamala / UC Berkeley
Emily Kawano / University of Massachusetts Amherst
Seçil Aysed Kaya / Ankara University
Serap A. Kayatekin / American College of Thessaloniki
Steve Keen / University of Western Sydney
Mehmet Rauf Kesici / Kocaeli University
Marlene Kim / University of Massachusetts Boston
Yun Kyu Kim / Trinity College
Mary C. King / Portland State University
Stephen Kinsella / University of Limerick
Robert Kirsch / Virginia Tech
Gerda Kits / The King’s University College
Mark Klinedinst / University of Southern Mississippi
Tim Koechlin / Vassar College
Charles Komanoff / Carbon Tax Center
Charalampos Konstantinidis / University of Massachusetts Amherst
Katharine Kontak / Bowling Green State University
Gonca Konyali / Dokuz Eylul University
David Kotz / University of Massachusetts Amherst
Philip Kozel / Rollins College
David Kristjanson-Gural / Bucknell University
David Laibman / City University of New York
Eric Larsen / Public Policy Institute of California
Mehrene Larudee / Al-Quds Bard Honors College
Michael A. Lebowitz / Simon Fraser University
Chai-On Lee / Chonnam National University
Frederic Lee / University of Missouri Kansas City
Fernando Leiva / University at Albany (SUNY)
Gianmarco Leon / UC Berkeley
Charles Levenstein / University of Massachusetts Lowell
Margaret Levenstein / University of Michigan
Gerald Levy / LaGuardia Community College (CUNY)
Richard Lichty / University of Minnesota Duluth
Patricia J. Lindsey
Antonio Lopes / Second University of Naples
Sean MacDonald / City University of New York
Arthur MacEwan / University of Massachusetts Boston
Fiona Maclachlan / Manhattan College
Brian K. MacLean / Laurentian University
Allan MacNeill / Webster University
Claudio Fernández Macor / Universidad Nacional del Litoral
Yahya M. Madra / Boğaziçi University
Rasigan Maharajh / Tshwane University of Technology
Eric Malm / Cabrini College
Carlos Marentes / University of Massachusetts Amherst
Stephen A Marglin / Harvard University
John E. Peters / Marist College
Wesley Marshall / UAM-Iztapalapa
Stephanie Martin / Allegheny College
Thomas Masterson / Levy Economics Institute of Bard College
Julie Matthaei / Wellesley College
Peter Hans Matthews / Middlebury College
Matthew May / University of Missouri Kansas City
Elaine McCrate / University of Vermont
H. Neal McKenzie
Andrew Mearman / University of the West of England, Bristol
Matthieu Meaulle / Foundation for European Progressive Studies
Michael Meeropol / Western New England University
Ralph Meima / Marlboro College Graduate School
César Viteri Mejía / University of Massachusetts Amherst
John D. Messier / University of Maine Farmington
Peter B. Meyer / University of Louisville
James Miehls / University of Massachusetts Amherst
John A. Miller / Wheaton College
Rob Moir / University of New Brunswick
Gary Mongiovi / St. John’s University
Fred Moseley / Mount Holyoke College
Albert Mosley / Smith College
Tracy Mott / University of Denver
Jamee K. Moudud / Sarah Lawrence College
Adil Mouhammed / University of Illinois at Springfield
Catherine P. Mulder / City University of New York
Marta Murray-Close / University of Massachusetts Amherst
Ellen Mutari / The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
Sirisha Naidu / Wright State University
Michele Naples / The College of New Jersey
Kamran Nayeri / University of California Berkeley
Jessica Gordon Nembhard / City University of New York
Julie A. Nelson / University of Massachusetts Boston
Emil Nieves-Mounier / Government Development Bank of Puerto Rico
Eric Nilsson / California State University San Bernardino
Richard B. Norgaard / University of California Berkeley
Jennifer Olmsted / Drew University
Erik Olsen / University of Missouri Kansas City
Ozlem Onaran / University of Westminster
Hiroshi Onishi / Kyoto University
Miguel Otero-Iglesias / ESSCA – School of Management
Cem Oyvat / University of Massachusetts Amherst
Aaron Pacitti / Siena College
Thomas Palley / New America Foundation
Susan Parks / University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Eva Paus / Mount Holyoke College
Samuel R Pavel / Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Karl Petrick / Western New England University
Nicolas Pons-Vignon / University of the Witwatersrand
Manisha Pradhananga / University of Massachusetts Amherst
Robert E. Prasch / Middlebury College
Paddy Quick / St. Francis College
Peter Radford
Elizabeth A. Ramey / Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Wendy Rayack / Wesleyan University
Arslan Razmi / University of Massachusetts Amherst
Jack Reardon / Hamline University
Angelo Reati
Joseph Rebello / University of Massachusetts Amherst
Sanjay G. Reddy / The New School for Social Research
Robert Reinauer / Rollins College
Stephen Resnick / University of Massachusetts Amherst
Cecilia Rio / Towson University
Meenakshi Rishi / Seattle University
Judith Robinson / Castleton State College
Igor Lopes Rocha / University of Cambridge
John Roche / St. John Fisher College
Charles P. Rock / Rollins College
Leopoldo Rodriguez / Portland State University
Frank Roosevelt / Sarah Lawrence College
Luis D. Rosero / Fitchburg State University
Sergio Rossi / University of Fribourg
David F. Ruccio / University of Notre Dame
Héctor Sáez / University of Massachusetts Amherst
Blair Sandler / University of Massachusetts Amherst
John Sarich / Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
Daniel E. Saros / Valparaiso University
Harwood D. Schaffer / University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture
Helen Scharber / Hampshire College
Ted P. Schmidt / Buffalo State College
John Schmitt / Center for Economic and Policy Research
Alyssa Schneebaum / University of Massachusetts Amherst
Markus P. A. Schneider / University of Denver
Juliet Schor / Boston College
Eric A. Schutz / Rollins College
Elliott Sclar / Columbia University
Mario Seccareccia / University of Ottawa
Ian J. Seda-Irizarry / University of Massachusetts Amherst
Kristen Sheeran / Economics for Equity and the Environment
Barry Shelley / Brandeis University
Laurence Shute / California State Polytechnic University Pomona
Elizabeth Sloan / University of Utah
Ceren Soylu / University of Massachusetts Amherst
Peter Spiegler / University of Massachusetts Boston
Janet Spitz / The College of Saint Rose
Jim Stanford / Canadian Auto Workers
Liz Stanton / Tufts University
Martha A. Starr / American University
Howard Stein / University of Michigan
Mark Stelzner / University of Massachusetts Amherst
Tamara Stenn / Keene State College
John Stifler / University of Massachusetts Amherst
Engelbert Stockhammer / Kingston University
Ian C. Strachan / Nichols College
Sarah Surak / Virginia Tech
Behrouz Tabrizi / St. Francis College
Janet M. Tanski / University of Missouri
Linwood Tauheed / University of Missouri Kansas City
Kenna Taylor / Rollins College
Pavlina R. Tcherneva / Franklin and Marshall College
Hasan Tekgüç / Mardin Artuklu University
Frank Thompson / University of Michigan
Jim Tober / Marlboro College
Zdravka Todorova / Wright State University
Junji Tokunaga / University of Massachusetts Amherst
Mariano Torras / Adelphi University
Mayo Toruño / California State University San Bernardino
Andrew Trigg / Open University
A. Dale Tussing / Syracuse University
Eric Tymoigne / Lewis and Clark College
Salimah Valiani / Ontario Nurses’ Association
Hendrik Van den Berg / University of Nebraska – Lincoln
Marjolein Van Der Veen
Nick Velluzzi / Walla Walla Community College
Roberto Veneziani / Queen Mary University of London
Matías Vernengo / University of Utah
Valerie Voorheis / University of Massachusetts Amherst
Mwangi wa Gĩthĩnji / University of Massachusetts Amherst
Daniel G. Weaver / Rutgers University
Thomas E. Weisskopf / University of Michigan
Julian Wells / Kingston University
Scott A. Weir / Wake Technical Community College
Anastasia C. Wilson / University of Massachusetts Amherst
Maggie Winslow / Presidio Graduate School
Marty Wolfson / University of Notre Dame
L. Randall Wray / University of Missouri Kansas City
Yavuz Yaşar / University of Denver
Michael D. Yates / University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Jong-Il You / KDI School of Public Policy and Management
Ajit Zacharias / Bard College
Jeffrey Zink / Morningside College
Barbara Zoloth
Klara Zwickl / University of Massachusetts Amherst

  1. December 4, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Open this for more signatures, worldwide. I will definitely sign.

  2. Rainer Friedrich
    December 4, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Excellent statement of support! I would love to sign it, but I am a classicist, not an economist.

  3. Marc Lee
    December 4, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    You can add me: Marc Lee, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Vancouver BC.

  4. D.J.Skinner
    December 4, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Glad to see some economists are finally speaking out against the Friedman follicies.(intentional) that provided much of the rationale that got us into this current financial mess.
    There is no system on earth that will work if we do not include controls to counter greed and criminal intent.

  5. Robert R Locke
    December 4, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    At my name as well. Robert R Locke, Emeritus University of Hawaii at Manoa

  6. December 4, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    I’m seriously hoping we can talk some of you 300 experts into doing for #occupy what the climatologists did for global warming with the http://realclimate.org site. It would be wonderful to have a place to get actually expert answers. For instance, I just ran into a comment today that over the last 50 years, actual job growth correlates tightly with taxing the wealthy at higher levels. But I’m struggling to independently verify that comment. “Job Growth” is a pretty fuzzy statement. It would be so helpful to be able to counter support the actual facts and counter the pseudo-science (from either side).

  7. J. F. Dolecki
    December 5, 2011 at 12:01 am

    You can add my name: J. F. Dolecki, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Brandon University, Brandon, Manitoba Canada R7A 6A9

  8. Keith Wilde
    December 5, 2011 at 12:58 am

    An admirable innovation and statement. How can I be signed up?

    Gov’t. of Canada, in active retirement.

  9. December 5, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Please add my signature. Thanks, Susan Feiner, Professor of Economics and Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Southern Maine.

  10. December 6, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Please add my name: Gerson P. Lima, Macroambiente, Brazil

  11. Allen Cookson
    December 6, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Please add my name: Allen Cookson, Oxford, New Zealand

  12. December 7, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Me too:
    Robert Scott Gassler / Vesalius College of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel

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