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Research Expertise and Interest

economic inequality, industrial policy, macroeconomic policy, public management and leadership

Research Description

Robert B. Reich has served in three national administrations, most recently as secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton. He also served on President-Elect Obama’s transition advisory board. He has written eighteen books, including The Work of Nations, which has been translated into 22 languages; the best-sellers The Future of SuccessLocked in the CabinetSupercapitalism, Aftershock,  Beyond Outrage, The Common Good, Saving Capitalism, and The System. 

Professor Reich is co-founding editor of The American Prospect magazine, co-founder of the Economic Policy Institute, and co-founder of Inequality Media. In 2003, Reich was awarded the prestigious Vaclav Havel Vision Foundation Prize, by the former Czech president, for his pioneering work in economic and social thought. In 2008, Time Magazine named him one of the ten most successful cabinet secretaries of the century. He received his B.A. from Dartmouth College, his M.A. from Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and his J.D. from Yale Law School.


The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It (Knopf, 2020)

The Common Good (Knopf, 2018),

Economics In Wonderland (Fantagraphics Books, 2017),

Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few (Knopf, 2015),

Beyond Outrage (Knopf, 2012),

Aftershock: The Next Economy and America's Future (Knopf, 2010),

Supercapitalism (Knopf, 2007),

Reason (Knopf, 2004),

I'll Be Short (Beacon, 2002),

The Future of Success (Knopf, 2000),

Locked in the Cabinet (Knopf, 1997),

The Work of Nations (Knopf, 1991),

The Power of Public Ideas (ed), (Harvard U. Press, 1988),

Tales of a New America (Times, 1987),

New Deals (co-author, Times, 1984),

The Next American Frontier (Times, 1983),

Minding America's Business (co-author, Harcourt Brace, 1981).

In the News

Putin’s War and Its Economic and Geopolitical Realities

We must do what we can to contain Vladimir Putin’s aggression in Ukraine. But we also need to be clear-eyed about it, and face the costs. As I’ve said before, economics can’t be separated from politics, and neither can be separated from history. Here are eight sobering realities.

IRLE's conference on "New Deal/No Deal?"

In the midst of forecasts of continuing economic woes and congressional gridlock, experts gathered recently at UC Berkeley to assess what worked and what didn’t during the Great Depression-inspired New Deal, the Obama administration’s still emerging efforts to ease the Great Recession, and prospects for relief, reform and recovery.

Featured in the Media

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Feb 17, 2022

The House Education and Labor Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions held a virtual hearing examining ways in which to achieve affordable and universal health care. Witnesses include former Labor Secretary Robert Reich   (Clinton admin., 1993-97). A variety of topics were discussed, including the high cost of health care and prescription drug prices, expanding Medicare, employer-based health care coverage, hosptial consolidations, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the current health care system.

Mar 17, 2021

The Senate Budget Committee held a hearing on income inequality and the decline of union influence. Chair Bernie Sanders   (I-VT) spoke about the growing wage gap between the nation’s wealthiest and the poor and middle class. He also announced new legislation to tax CEO compensation. Former Clinton administration Labor Secretary Robert Reich and other economic policy experts testified about addressing income inequality.

April 13, 2020
Tom Gjelten
Public policy professor Robert Reich, a former U.S. Secretary of Labor under President Clinton, joins All Things Considered to talk about his new book, The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It. In the book, he argues that the U.S. economy is increasingly controlled by an oligarchy. Speaking of the current situation, he says in the interview: "We don't know yet what the coronavirus is going to generate in terms of not only public health and who really gets skewered by all of this but also what the political consequences ultimately are going to be. I think, though, what we can see is that the patterns of power and bargaining leverage that were there before the coronavirus still evidence themselves during the virus. That is, big corporations doing quite well in terms of getting bailed out, getting exemptions from everything, such as having to provide paid sick leave to their employees while small businesses really don't do well. Small businesses are hemorrhaging. They're closing. And individuals, if they don't have a lot of savings to fall back on, are also in dire straits right now, and they're not being helped." Link to audio.
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